Patience brings greats dividends
A crisp, bright and windy morning
A crisp, bright and windy morning welcomed Newmarket who provided Shelford with their second cup opponents after their opening win against St Neots. The home side played into the wind in the first half and the opening exchanges proved to be pretty even but highly competitive. The visitors were well drilled in defence and at the breakdown, meaning there was little space to exploit until mid-way through the period when Shelford managed to up the tempo in attack and were rewarded with tries from Samuel Arbon, Robert Lucas and Harry Calne with Harvey Taylor adding the extras for the latter two scores. Somewhat against the run of play Newmarket hauled themselves back into contention with an unconverted try just before the break.
A 19-5 lead was soon reduced to 19-10 when early in the second period Newmarket turned the ball over in midfield and scored in the corner after a lightning break down the wing. Shelford certainly did not panic but had lost a bit of their sharpness and some sloppy handling did not help their cause. For a while the home side failed to exploit their wind advantage but when they did put boot to ball midway through the half it created the space for Tom Mcfarlane to feed Henry Porter-Clarke who showed great pace to score out wide, with Harvey Taylor putting over an excellent conversion to give Shelford a far more comfortable 16-point cushion. This certainly rekindled their sharpness and in the last few minutes the home side ran in three further tries, through a brace for Utku Cihan and another for Samuel Arbon, Kyle Harris adding the extras for two of the tries, to complete a somewhat flattering but hugely deserved 45-10 victory.