Colts win away at Colchester
Colchester 5 – 46 Shelford
Shelford have spluttered a bit in recent weeks, putting in a huge amount of effort in each match, but not finding the reward. Today the rewards finally came as things clicked into place.
The opening phases saw Shelford dominate territory and possession, but their play was a bit scrappy, some unnecessary off loads that just weren’t on gave ball to Colchester. Shelford’s defence, however, was anything but scrappy. When Colchester had the ball, they rarely made anything of it, Shelford tacklers cutting them down, pressuring ball carriers into errors, and being very competitive at the breakdown. When Shelford found some fluency in attack the points started to flow, tries for Jacob Freer, Ben Shakleton. Michael Griffiths, Toby Carmichael, and Jack Smith, with a conversion each from James Gould and Jack Biard gave Shelford a 29 – 0 halftime lead.
The second half started well, with Jack Smith bagging his second, converted by Jack Biard after only 2 mins, but the points didn’t flow so freely for the remainder of the match. Frustrations boiled over and the ref did well to keep control of the game, speaking to players and captains on a number of occasions to calm things down. Shelford scored two more tries through Olly Jury and Tom Sims to take a 46-point lead. Colchester got one back close to the end and although the half-century looked on for Shelford, some over ambition and good Colchester defence denied them
Final score Colchester 5 – 46 Shelford
Shelford squad: Robert Armer, Jack Biard (2 conversions), Jake Brown, Archie Calne, Toby Carmichael (1 try), James Duffy, Jacob Freer (1 try), James Gould (1 conversion), Michael Griffiths (1 try), James Groser, Dan Huntly, Ollie Jury (1 try), Kai Land, Bart Lowden, Joe McAdam, Kallum Mulhall, Finn Priddle, Alfie Salmon, Sam Seymour (back of the match), Ben Shakleton (1 try, forward of the match), Tom Sims (1 try), Jack Smith (2 tries), Rory Webster (captain)