Depleted Colts Lose to Maldon
13, 12, 11, 10, 9...
Mallon 46 - 39 Shelford
It was a very depleted Shelford Colts team that travelled to Maldon, senior calls ups, family events, and parties all taking their toll on numbers. And then on the field, injuries and illness reducing numbers further. At one point only 9 Shelford players were on the pitch, supplemented by a couple of Maldon players. But, out of adversity come the true Peacocks and a mammoth performance kept Shelford in the game with a win still possible up to the final few minutes.
The game started at 13 v 13, both sides short on numbers, but Shelford 2 short of a full 15 with Maldon standing 2 players down to even the numbers. Maldon took the initiative stealing Shelford ball in a ruck and taking a 5 - 0 lead. Shelford hit back with a brace of tries from James Groser and one conversion from Kallum Mulhall. In between Shelford were reduced to 12, then 11 as players dropped out through injury. Maldon graciously lent us a player and the game continued 13 v 12. Maldon got another uncovered try to take the score to 10 - 12 at half time.
Shelford were reduced to 10 at the break with another injury and Maldon lent another to keep numbers at 13 v 12. The extra man really told as Maldon ran in two quick truest take a 24 - 12 lead after only 4 mins of the half. Then Shelford hit back, James Groser bagging his hat trick, with Kallum again converting and Rob Armer exploiting the lack of a back row to break from the base of a scrum and outpace the cover. Scores equal at 24 - 24. Keeping the theme of 2s, Maldon got two back in quick succession, first intercepting a loose pass and then some weak Shelford tackling gifting them points and a 36 - 24 lead. Of course Shelford hit back, Caleb Morris getting his first try for Shelford, but Shelford then went down to 9 (plus 2 Maldon, 13 v 11) and Maldon got another two quick tries to take a 41 - 29 lead on 26 mins. Shelford weren't finished and an improbable win was still on when Rob Armer scored again pull back to a 7 point deficit. Unfortunately Maldon got another from a turnover, and finally Shelford hit back on the stroke of full time with Kallum Mulhall adding to his 2 conversions with a try to take the final score to 46 - 39. A disappointing score line, but under the circumstances a huge Shelford effort with the boys showing great team spirit and commitment.
Shelford squad: Robert Armer (2 tries), Jake Brown, James Duffy, Jacob Freer, James Groser (hat trick of tries, man of the match), Caleb Morris (1 try), Kallum Mulhall (1 try, 2 conversions), Tyus Pfaender, Finn Priddle,Harry Quantrill (captain), Alfie Salmon, Ben Shackleton, Jack Smith, Oskar Tonkinson