Spirited 2nd team come up short
A strong Shelford outfit took the spoils on this occasion.
Firstly, a thank you to Shelford for agreeing to an earlier KO allowing us to head to the racecourse after the conclusion of our match so we could cheer on our 1st XV at Stags.
Play began just after the arranged time due to severe traffic and Ives hadn’t quite got the journey out of the system as they started slowly. Shelford however, flew out of the blocks and scored a converted try within a few phases of receiving the kick.
Ives responded well and some powerful runs up front gained a nice field position and man of the match Cullan Smy
was on hand to receive an offload and slip over for a well worked team try.
Shelford had a majority of the territory in the first half but were held at bay by some bullish defence. Callum Long
was on hand on a couple of occasions with try saving tackles to keep the scores level. The pressure took its toll eventually though and Shelford scored a second try, unconverted.
Credit to Ives defensive efforts as they proved difficult to breakdown. This was evident when Shelford elected to kick a penalty to the posts from an attacking position in the 22. A yellow card to St Ives then bittered the halftime oranges as they trailed 15-7.
Shelford started the second period strong and made the extra man count by scoring two tries in quick succession, securing the bonus point and giving Ives a mountain to climb. The boys dug deep and gave their all and were rewarded when youngster Bradley Robinson
went on one of his bulldozing runs and was too strong for the defence as he crashed over from a quick tap penalty.
Ives were then dealt another blow when pack leader and stalwart Ross Thompson
had to exit the field of play with a head injury and Rick Peters
went off when his eye swelled up to the extent that he couldn’t see through it. The final score of the day went to Shelford and it finished 32-12.
The boys gave there all today and there were many contenders for man of the match with Ross, Fin, Bradley, Dave and Callum all putting in a great shift but Cullan just edged the accolade.