Early exchanges for both sides before Shelford open up.
In a game between two evenly matched sides it was always going to be the team that stretched their backs that would come out winners and so it proved. Shelford got off the mark first as a series of turnovers and loose balls allowed Hamish to break free and cross the whitewash. The earlier euphoria was dispelled as Ely forwards started to dominate and in a period of sustained pressure they moved into a 14-5 lead. After a prolonged period of Ely pressure in the Shelford 22, Shelford managed to stretch their legs and close in on the Ely line. Once the loose ball came to Kevin Kanda he crashed it over the line to pull the score back to 14-12. Shelford started the 2nd half much brighter and started to use their pacy backline, in addition a couple of substitutions saw some of the newer players tried and reduced the average age by about 30 years (Sorry Sir Les, you played a gallant first half). Once the ball was opened up Shelford started to find space either through the backs or with clever balls kicked into space, Cherrington found himself the recipient of one such breakout and finished off under the posts, with Kieran Hatter converting the try. 14-19. Ely were not quite finished yet and started to find their own back line and their mazy little centre weaved some space to offload for them to score a converted try 21-19. The turning point of the game when Ely's excellent kicker went for posts to open up a 5 point gap and missed his first chance of the day, Shelford came straight backhand Adam Smith crashed through to make it 21-24. The final score of the game came when Josh Barnes whipped around the Ely defence, converted by Kieran Hater. 21-31. Ely heads dropped and there was no coming back. An Ely player summed up their feelings when he said "that was embarrassing", actually the more this group plays together the harder they are going to become to beat. My man of the match was Connor Wells, he harassed the opposition all afternoon and forced them on the back foot on a number of occasions.
p.s. I missed a photo opportunity when the 7 stone wing drove our captain back 10 yards!
p.p.s. Damien made a very professional line judge and Crispy was a first rate water boy.