Colts lose out in Cup
Olney 23 Shelford 0
Shelford were down to the last 16 standing for this match, and several players having to play out of position. Despite the lack of playing resources it felt like Shelford dominated territory and probably possession. Unfortunately, they couldn’t convert that advantage into points. Olney took their chances and played both the ref and the conditions better than Shelford.
It was clear in the warm up that Shelford were back to their sleepy starts, no energy, no aggression and seemingly content to meander from one phase to the next. Whilst that resulted in territory and some possession, it didn’t result in points. When Olney got possession they were good at driving up field. Their lineout functioned well, and their catch and drives caught out Shelford, who tried not to contest the maul, but did not get the support of the officials. When Olney got in to Shelford’s 22, they made it count. Shelford guilty of missed tackles and slow defensive realignment. Olney only manged two scores in the half, but they were two more than Shelford ever looked like scoring. 10 – 0 at half time.
Shelford had the wind against them in the second half, although it didn’t seem to play as much of a part as it might. The half went the way of the first, with a bit more endeavour from Shelford, but all to no avail. Olney again took their chances scoring two tries. The match started to get a bit niggly, Shelford’s frustration and Olney’s tactics contributing to a couple of scuffles. The ref eventually had enough binning one of each side. Shelford also went another down with the sub used and two unable to continue, but despite the man advantage Olney weren’t able to capitalise. A penalty the only additional score. Another card was flourished before the end. Olney at last paying the price for repeated infringements as Shelford pressed for the score that they deserved but didn’t find. Final score 23 – 0 and Shelford out of the national cup. A deeply frustrating match that Shelford could have won without so many missing players. We wish Olney luck in their next round fixture. Ipswich YM or Woodbridge will give them a very stern test.
Shelford’s last men standing: Robert Armer, Jordan Barnes, Jack Biard, Ollie Calvey, Toby Carmichael, Ollie Cooper, George Crissall, Oliver Emsley, James Fraser, Ollie Jury, Nathan Oram, Josh Parkhouse, Finn Priddle, Harry Quantrill, Angus Thomson, Rory Webster (captain)