Gale knocks 'em for six
Shelford U15s arrived to a bright spring morning in the Suffolk countryside
Although the drive was long, Shelford U15s arrived to a bright spring morning in the Suffolk countryside. It had been a while since the squads had played and Shelford played in white to avoid any confusion on the pitch between the two similar kits.
Shelford got off to a good start with a kick up the right wing which Harry Chater captured and ran the remaining 20m to score the visitors first try. Maybe inspired by England’s win last week, the squad then tried this move again but this time in the left corner and Ned Gale showed his turn of speed to score Shelfords second try.
Harry Chater narrowly missed out soon after the restart and was pushed into touch, 30 m from the try line but he came back a few minutes later to make his second try of the day.
The hosts heads never dropped and they continued to make the work difficult on Shelford but Ryley Stiebrins-Brown was next to find the white line, followed by two more tries from Ned Gale before the half-time whistle. The last try was also converted by Harvey Taylor to make the half-time score 0-32 to the visitors.
Shortly after half time Ned Gale started the scoring with his fourth try of the day converted by Harvey and at the restart the hosts dug in and forced Shelford back into their own half. At a ruck, Hadleigh drover the attackers back, stole the ball and sprinted through a gap left in the Shelford defence to score a well-earned try.
The scores then dried up for most of the second half. Shelford made life difficult for themselves with some poor passing and kicking and the ball stayed between the 22’s until in the last five minutes, Ned Gale found the left hand corner twice due to some excellent teamwork and passing, including some great passes from Ryley and Harry Chater to leave the final score 5-51. This brought Ned’s total to 6 tries for the game !
Some of today’s kicking was well thought out and the teamwork and hands in certain plays were text book. However, the squad let too many mistakes happen, especially in the second half, and we will need to resolve these before the County Cup Final in 2 weeks time.