A great team effort
Shelford U15s win their third cup match of three
Shelford’s first game of 2019 and third game in this year’s Cup competition was a highly competitive affair from the off. Both defences covered extremely well although with the assistance of the wind Shelford had the better of the territory. Newmarket strayed offside in their 22 to allow Harvey Taylor the opportunity to slot the penalty to take an early lead. It required great patience from the visitors against a very committed and organised home team. Indeed the two Shelford scores late in the first half came from tap penalties 10 metres out, with the first one being scored through a strong run by Will Rand. For the second Newmarket clearly thought it was going to be the same move and forgot to mark Harry Calne from the tap who scored a great opportunistic try – both scores were converted by Harvey Taylor to give the visitors lead to 17-0 at the break.
It was very much more of the same for the first period of the second half with Shelford edging both territory and possession but never being given much time by the home side. It took an excellent period of multi-phase rugby to open up the home defence with Ryley Stiebrins-Brown crossing for an impressive score. Shelford’s second try of the half was a classic driving maul from a lineout 15 metres out with Hamish Westbrook dotting down. As the half progressed Newmarket certainly saw more of the ball helped by some indiscipline from the visitors giving away several penalties in quick succession. Despite this the Shelford defence held firm and in another great counter-attack Ryley Stiebrins-Brown made a powerful run through to score. None of the second half tries were converted leaving the visitors victors by a score of 32-0.
There were signs of a bit of new year rustiness but the whole squad put in a great shift with Kyle Harris putting in some outstanding cover tackles, along with Ryley Stiebrins-Brown, although the pick of the tacklers was Rob Lucas, who also made some excellent line breaks.