A real game of two halves
Shelford win 31-5
From the kick-off Shelford were lucky not concede as Colchester spread the ball wide and with pace but the home defence held firm. From then on Shelford were on the front foot for the rest of the half. It was a competitive game but the home side generally came out on top in both attack and defence. Shelford opted against taking the points from a very kickable penalty 15 yards out and this decision was rewarded when Will Rand drove over for the opening score, with Harvey Taylor kicking the conversation. This set the tone for Shelford to dominate the remainder of the half with further scores from Samuel Arbon, Ryley Brown, Alex Lee and Will Edwards, Harvey Taylor adding the extras for two of these scores. The half time score of 31-0 was no more than Shelford deserved with the whole team putting in an excellent shift.
The second half was a more even affair, with Shelford possibly being guilty of going off the boil a bit, with the ball going to ground on too many occasions. Colchester deservedly scored after some good multi-phase play up the pitch but other than that the home defensive line held firm. Indeed their defence was probably the pick of play in the second period with the highlight being an outstanding tackle from Harry Calne to stem a Colchester break out that looked like a certain score. It was reflective of Harry’s work rate throughout the game, which was deservedly recognised through his player-of-the match award. All in all a very encouraging performance, reflected in a 31-5 victory.