The Swans were looking to bounce back quickly following the disappointment of the previous week when they were only able to field 13 players and not surprisingly paid for this with a heavy defeat.
This week though buoyed by being able to name a 19 player squad the home side went into the game with a certain amount of confidence although expecting a difficult match against a Shelford side who had quite convincingly won their previous two outings this season.
It was very quickly quite clear that the visitors recent results were a true reflection as to their current form as from the kick off they were immediately on the attack putting the Swans defensive line under some considerable pressure, which was subsequently breached with only 5 minutes played.
The following 5 minutes saw the hosts defence under further attack as the Shelford side looked to capitalise on the home side’s slow start.
The Swans managed to see out this storm and started to grow into the game gaining more possession and territory as the half progressed. In fact the home side played the last 25 minutes of the first half almost entirely in the visitors half, but despite good possession the nearest they came to scoring was when hooker Jayne Webster crossed the line but was held up by the Shelford defence.
With the Swans probably feeling they had done enough in the half to go in on level terms in the last minute of the half they found themselves further behind when a defensive kick was swallowed up by Shelford’s strong inside centre, who made 50 metres down the wing before being stopped but with only a couple more metres to go and support arriving the Cambridgeshire outfit were able to touch down in the corner to give a 12 – 0 lead at the half time whistle.
The momentum was now with the visitors who looked to increase upon their lead early into the second half. Initially the Swans held firm with some good organisation in the defence but the power and speed of support saw Shelford break through and go over under the posts 7 minutes into the second half to increase their lead by a further 7.
The Swans were determined not to let the game run away from them though and almost immediately found a reply when, after the forwards had gone through several phases gaining several metres each time, replacement prop Kirsty Kay found a large enough gap in the Shelford defence to barge through and over the line. Katie Clark successfully slotted the conversion.
Alas this was not to be the comeback some of the play may have deserved and as weariness kicked in on a very warm afternoon, it was the away side who coped better with the conditions and ensured they would be taking home all five points as they scored two further tries to secure a bonus point victory.
The Swans players of the match this week went to fly-half Kirsty Ashurst who made a confident start on her debut as an early replacement for the injured Charlotte Dennis, and to number 8 Sophia Maynell who ensured the gain line was crossed whenever she took possession.