Shelford 43 – Cambridge 14
Plenty to be positive about
On a glorious day at Davey Field Shelford welcomed Cambridge for the first derby fixture of the season. To say that the home side got off to a flyer does not come close as they found themselves 14-0 up within the first 5mins. Firstly Shelford spread the ball wide from early possession and Ned Westbrook made a wonderful break down the wing; from the resulting ruck the ball was quickly recycled and Will Rand was on hand to open the scoring, with Harvey Taylor adding the extras. From the kick off Rob Lucas fly hacked through and picked up to score under the posts. It was probably gaining such a quick advantage that caused Shelford to go off the boil a bit, with a few handling errors and some decent Cambridge possession making it a far more even affair. And the home side were asleep from a lineout and were also guilty of some missed tackles to allow the visitors to score a converted try under the posts. Shelford were still seeing plenty of the ball and following some attacking rugby in Cambridge’s 22, Harvey Taylor noticed a very flat defensive line and dinked through a lovely kick for Ryley Brown to touch down, Harvey duly adding the extras for a 21-7 halftime lead.
The second period again started well for the home side and following some multiple phases of play Harvey Taylor managed to bundle over from an attacking ruck on the line to score an unconverted try out wide. The next score was sublime, which followed a handling error from Cambridge on the Shelford 10 metre line, with some quick hands realising Ryley Brown for a scorching break down the left hand wing into the visitors 22. He was finally hauled down 15metres out but not before he could offload to Rob Lucas to score, Harvey narrowly missing with the extras. It was still a competitive game but both teams were guilty of handling errors that tended to break up the rhythm of the game for significant periods. But despite this Shelford continued to vary their game to good effect and another lovely move through the backs gave the chance for Alex Lee to use his pace to score in the corner. The visitors certainly did not give up and set up a good position in the Shelford 22 and from the ruck some poor communication from the home side allowed their right wing to score, with the conversion being successful too. However Shelford were not done and another typically strong run from Ryley Brown in the visitors 22 resulted in his second try of the game, converted by Harvey Taylor, to complete a 43-14 victory.