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Shelford U15s vs Peterborough U15s, County Cup game, played at Peterborough Sunday 17th November

Shelford U15s vs Peterborough U15s, County Cup game, played at Peterborough Sunday 17th November

By Michael Holland
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Final score 64 – 0 to Sheldford U15s.

Shelford’s U15s travelled to challenge Peterborough at their home ground - ‘Fortress Fengate’ - on Sunday 17th November in the County Cup competition.

Peterborough kicked off and Billy White made a strong start for Shelford gaining several metres and keeping possession into Peterborough’s 22 before, under pressure, Shelford unluckily knocked-on and the home side were awarded the first of several scrums in that early period of the game. After a re-take Shelford won the ball and got it out wide and Sam Doubleday off-loaded quickly to Gabriel Donnelly who scored the first try for Shelford right in the corner. The conversion kick was a challenge at that angle and despite a good effort the score remained 5-0. It was Shelford’s scrum that was the highlight of the first few minutes of the game. Another try followed, scored by Billy White. This time it was converted with a great kick from Fraser Christie bringing the score to a comfortable 12-0 after just ten minutes of play.

Shelford struggled in the first half to put together the linking passes they used to such lethal effect recently at Saffron Walden, and there were only glimpses of this team’s ability to maintain shape and use the full width of field. Peterborough were very much in contention at this stage and applying pressure were rewarded with a penalty, and were dominant in their line outs. Shelford however managed to keep the ball well within Peterborough’s half for the majority of the first half (and the whole game) and the home side could not manage to get any points on the board.

Dylan Samujh ran in a try bringing the score to 17 – 0. No more points were added in the first half, although the final minutes saw Peterborough being given, and taking, opportunities to make ground.

HT - 17 – 0 to Shelford.

In the second half Shelford improved the positioning of their back row, and with growing confidence, the quality of passing improved. Hayden Everett scored, and Fraser Christie converted bringing the score to 24 – 0. Minutes later Ollie Spencer found space and ran through a confident try – followed by two from Kyal Edmonds and one from Sam Doubleday.

Gus Hartree, who had contributed well to Shelford’s commanding score line, was unfortunately injured with a broken collar bone. With just 14 players Shelford rallied and Tyler Bennett scored on the wing. In the final minutes of the game Shelford’s pressure was rewarded with a penalty, a kick into touch by Tui Baleisolomone led to a line out in the home side’s 22 and a try followed from scrum half Ben Carey. Of the 7 tries in the second half Fraser Christie converted all bar one which hit the post.

FT - 64 – 0 to Shelford.

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Sun 17, Nov 2019



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