Walter seals last-minute win for Ives
Midlands 5E (S) --- Stamford Old Boys 29-30 St Ives Bulls --- DEBUTANT Jerome Walter scored two tries to seal a dramatic win at the last for St Ives Bulls. The match was switched to Stamford after the weather left the Ives pitch unfit for play, but repea
Midlands 5E (S) ---
Stamford Old Boys 29-30 St Ives Bulls ---
DEBUTANT Jerome Walter scored two tries to seal a dramatic win at the last for St Ives Bulls.
The match was switched to Stamford after the weather left the Ives pitch unfit for play, but repeated Bulls errors looked to have consigned them to defeat.
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Stamford started strongly, scoring a penalty after four minutes following an early infringement from St Ives. The Bulls continued to make life difficult for themselves as they gave away continuous penalties and field position, and Stamford took advantage to touch down the game's first try.
After the break Bulls began to bite back, and Jerome Walter capitalised on a poor clearance to score with a drop goal. Bulls, sniffing points, charged forward and a superb back-line effort put Jim Robinson clear to cross for a try. The visitors were well and truly back in the game when Walter grabbed his first try shortly after.
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The game became very much 'tit for tat' as first OB's scored then Bulls replied,
The two teams swapped points as they looked to take control of the game, with St Ives' Josh Meadows getting a try and James Bennett dashing the length of the pitch to get his name on the scoresheet.
A blindside attack with two minutes remaining looked to have swung the game decisively in Stamford's favour at 29-23, but Drake's quick-thinking set the stage for Walter to cap a memorable debut win.