Colts win at Colchester
Outstanding performances from Ed Hughes and Tony Carmichael
After Wymondham conceded our National cup fixture we needed a good run out following Christmas, and Colchester were able to offer a fixture enabling everyone available to get some game time in a 3x30 min match.
The first 30 was absorbing, albeit scoreless. The strong wind blowing down the pitch causing all sorts of problems. Shelford with the wind in their faces dominated possession and territory for the first 15 min. They retained the ball really well, and if they lost it, regained it within 2 phases. Despite this they never looked like scoring as the wind put what would have been good passes behind the receiver and average passes into awful ones. Colchester eventually managed to kick out of their own half, then the same kind of play continued in the Shelford half, Shelford possession, but now Colchester territory. End of the third 0 – 0.
The next third seemed to be going as you would expect with the roles reversed. Colchester with the wind in their faces dominated territory and possession, but didn’t look like scoring and Shelford struggled to get hold of the ball. Then Shelford at last managed to get to the Colchester try line. A ruck penalty was taken quickly and Nick Budenberg crashed over just to the right of the posts, converted by James Gould, 0 – 7 and the deadlock broken. Then just like buses after a long wait another 3 came along in quick succession. Shelford knocked on at the restart and Colchester punished the mistake with a try in the right corner, 5 – 7. Then some very weak Shelford tackling allowed them over in the left corner 10 – 7. Colchester then repaid Shelford with a knock on at the restart with Jordan Barnes finding his way over on the left, then testing eveyones nerve by trying to run round and under the posts, eventually grounding the ball well to the left of the uprights. The conversion looked difficult enough before the ball fell off the tee in the run up and the ref correctly indicated it couldn’t be reset. Cool as you like, James Gould drop kicked the conversion and the wind bent it through the posts. 10 – 14 and the whistle for the end of the second third.
The final third saw Shelford finally get to grips with the conditions. The boys started to make the ball do the work and some sensible kicking pinned Colchester in their own half. First, Ed Hughes taking a well timed pass to cross in the left corner, 10 - 19. Then some forward pressure enabling Charlie Tebbit to go over from a pick and go, converted by James Gould, 10 – 26. Shelford didn’t have it all their own way and some great defence held Colchester out despite multiple attacking phases close to the Shelford line. A turnover enabled a kick out and some great chasing put pressure back on Colchester. Ed Hughes again receiving great ball for his second try in the left corner, 10 – 31. And right at the death James Gould finding the smallest of gaps to go over under the posts, converting his own try with the last kick of the match to make the final score 10 – 38.
Shelford squad: Robert Armer, Jordan Barnes (1 try), Jack Biard, Jake Brown, Nick Budenberg (1 try), Toby Carmichael (forward of the match), George Crissall, James Duffy, Oliver Emsley, James Fraser, James Groser, Ed Hughes (back of the match, 2 tries), Oliver Jury, Kai Land, Kallum Mulhall, Nathan Oram, Fin Priddle, Pim Remijn, Dominic Steggall, George Symonds, Charlie Tebbit (1 try), Rory Webster, Oliver Cooper, James Gould (1 try, 4 conversions), Taimur Munir, Zain Tariq