Shelford 7 - Cambridge 12
Great game ... close call
Local derbies are often not pretty, familiarity neutralising any perceived advantage and raising the hopes of the underdog. Shefford, Cambridge derbies are no different and over the years have produced many a closely fought affair.
This year’s colts battle was no different a low scoring match with only one score separating the sides at the final whistle. Both sides defended with their lives and neither side was able to gain any comfort on the score board. The first half should have belonged to Shelford, a big advantage in territory and possession didn’t result in points. Cambridge’s defence locking out Shelford’s attack. It took 15 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, James Groser finding a gap for the opening try, converted by James Gould. It looked like Shelford would take the lead into the break, but one defensive lapse allowed Cambridge though down the flank and under the posts for a converted try to level the scores. 7 – 7 at half time.
The second half was almost the opposite of the first. Cambridge enjoying the advantage in territory and possession, but Shelford’s defence holding firm with numerous last-ditch tackles on the try line keeping Cambridge out. With 1 minute left, Shelford won possession from Cambridge on their own line. From the resulting scrum the ball should have been kicked off the pitch, but a fluffed clearance allowed Cambridge back in the game and another defensive lapse allowed through for the decisive score in the right corner. The conversion was missed, but with only seconds left, not enough time for Shelford to recover. Final score Shelford 7, Cambridge 12.
Shelford squad: Jake Absolom, Ronin Ashcroft , Jordan Barnes, Jake Brown, Archie Calne, Toby Carmichael, George Crissall, James Duffy, James Gould (1 conversion), James Groser (1 try), Finn Hughes, Daniel Huntly, Oliver Jury, Steen Ledger, Joe McAdam, Miguel Meirim, Cameron Pattulo, Finn Priddle, Harry Quantrill, Alfie Salmon, Sam Seymour, Tom Sims, Dominic Steggall, Jack Smith, Zain Tariq, Rory Webster, Osian Williams