1stXV vs Stamford match report19th December 2018
Biggleswade 5 Stamford 24
Midlands 3 East (South)
In the last match before Christmas in terrible conditions Biggleswade lost to high flyers Stamford 5-24 in Midlands 3 East (South).
Conditions were dire for outdoor sport with a strong easterly wind and horizontal rain. It chilled the fingers of the players and there was a real risk of hypothermia. Luckily Biggleswade’s own paramedic could be spending his break on the touchlines until a more pressing need arose.
It was so cold that your correspondent left early missing the most exciting part of the match from the home side’s viewpoint!”
The match did not really reflect the league status of the two clubs. Stamford was lying in third from the top with Biggy two from the bottom. Biggleswade were without club skipper Jimmy Caulfield out with a heavy cold and other key players/
With the wind at their backs in the first half Stamford exploited the conditions to get two tries from forward drives from a lineout. Although stronger in the tight Biggleswade could not marshal its forces to resist the rolling maul.
A third try was scored by Stamford’s scrum half who spotted a yawning gap in the Biggleswade defence as it spread out to stop the perceived threat in the corner.
Biggleswade’s consolation try came in the last quarter. The light was failing fast as the rain lashed down on two sides which were looking forward to a hot bath and a cold beer.
Urged on by the few surviving spectators a Biggleswade forward was at the bottom of the pile as the Biggy pack trundled over the line. Without DNA identification of the player was not possible.
The match marked the debuts of two new faces who were both in the pack. Jacob Martin was in the second row and Tom Nixon on the flank. It was a big step up for both players but they responded well and hopefully will continue to be available. They are the same generation as Tom Flather who currently fills the number ten shirt.
Lock Shaun Munday was again on the wing and had his usual half an hour before being replaced by Eithan Sinclair a “proper” three-quarter. On the touchline Shaun confided that he had not received one pass in his stint. It was that sort of game when the forwards play it tight and don’t trust the backs to do anything with the ball apart from drop it.
However Biggleswade’s centre pairing of Tom Seabrook and Delholm Tribeck put them about and was strongly supported by full back Elliot Tunstall when he injected pace into a move.
Biggleswade are now without a game until the league campaign do restarts on January 5th, 2019 with the first ever visit of Birstall to Langford Road.
Team vs Stamford: Dave Tysom, Liam Price, Kyle Loan (AJ Burke), Jake Deveraux, Jacob Martin, Tom Nixon, Michael Haddow, Sam Watson, Luke Gadsby, Tom Flather, Shaun Munday (Eithan Sinclair), Tom Seabrook, Delholm Tribeck, Tom Anderson, Elliot Tunstall, Christie Smith.