Victory for the U14s
Rusty but still effective
The first game in over a month saw Shelford take on St Ives on the 3G pitch at Davey Field. The home side were dominant from the off, striking against the head in two early scrums providing Will Rand the opportunity to drive through for the opening score, converted by Kyle Harris. From the restart Rob Lucas caught the high ball and set off down the left wing with such pace that he beat all of the cover defence to score under the posts, with Kyle duly converting. Shelford continued to dominate the forward exchanges and another turnover gave the backs the space to release Henry Porter-Clarke who scored out wide. Racing into a 19-0 lead and having a decent squad of 24 players gave the opportunity to rotate the team and give returns to Toby Owers, Ned Westbook and Alex Siddle after injury lay-offs. Despite the changes, the home side kept their intensity resulting in scores for Will Rand again, converted by Kyle, and Samuel Arbon.
To their credit St Ives kept at their game in the second half, probably edging it in terms of possession and territory. Some solid defence from Shelford ensured they kept a clean sheet but some poor handling in attack meant they could not put together any decent phases of possession and the game lost a lot of its fluency. The home forwards maintained their dominance however and there was some great stripping of the ball in the tackle, although the visitors had some decent success in this area too. After a concerted period of St Ives pressure late in the half, Shelford secured another turnover and after a lightning quick counterattack, Will Rand was on hand to score his hat-trick and complete a 36-0 victory.