A close encounter
A game of real intensity..........
With a number of absences through injury and players away meant that a rather depleted squad of 18 made the trip down to Ipswich YM . Overall it was a game of real intensity, with the lead changing hands three times, that brought a narrow 3-point victory for the visitors. The game started brightly for Shelford with some good movement leading to the opening score by Utku Cihan out wide, Harvey Taylor just falling short with the extras. However Shelford knew they are in a decent tussle when Ipswich hit back through a converted try following a number of missed tackles by the visitors in midfield. The rest of the half belonged to Shelford and only poor handling prevented them from scoring more than the two unconverted tries through Ryley Stiebrins-Brown and Sam Arbon.
Shelford again started the second period strongly and were dominant in both possession and territory, with some excellent line speed in defence turning the ball over on a number of occasions. However they failed to breach the Ipswich line and as the game progressed they became increasingly niggled by the home side and lost some focus as a result. Indeed for a time midway through the half it seemed that Shelford would throw away victory with some poor decision-making, compounded by multiple missed tackles, allowed Ipswich in for two scores (one of which was converted) to lead by 4 points with around 10 minutes to go. To their credit they regrouped and played some strong, direct rugby that allowed Rob Lucas to cross for the decisive score, converted by Harvey Taylor. Ipswich were by no means done and only some excellent defence from 1-15 kept them scoreless to secure a victory.