Shipston bagged their fifth league win of the season on Saturday when they welcomed Upton on Severn to Mayo Road in front of a large VP Day crowd. With nearly 100 ex players and supporters crammed into the club along with club officials from both teams, there was a good crowd awaiting the two sides when they ran out on the field for the first occasion on Shipston's newly revamped first team pitch, with only the damp, cold weather looking like it might spoil the day.
Shipston had a number of enforced changes again this week, with Jack Wyatt starting his first game for the 1st XV at hooker and a welcome return from travels for Tom Mylott slotting back into the second row. Upton went ahead early in the game, making the most of some good territory and possession to gain a penalty in front of the sticks, coolly slotted home by their captain and hooker to give them a 3-0 lead. There were scores back an forward for the next 10 minutes, with the Rams scoring two well worked tries through Rob James and Spider Gasson, both converted by James and Upton bagging another penalty to leave the game poised at 14-6.
From there on in however the game turned into a bit of a rout, as Shipston put on a clinical display of attacking rugby to stretch well clear of the visitors and kill off the game as a contest by half time. The scores continued to come in the second half, with the Rams scoring 13 in total. Harry Clark scored 4, Rob James helped himself to a hat trick and there was also a debut try for the club for Tom Mylott as some of the highlights for Shipston.
All in all it was a dominant display by the Rams, who eventually lead 83-9 when the referee called a halt to proceedings. Credit must go to Upton though, who despite obviously missing a few players from their victory against Pinley the previous week, showed great character and willingness to compete for the full 80 minutes.
MOTM this week was awarded to Dan Minks, who having played a few times in the back row this season, found himself in a familiar position of loose head prop and had an excellent game, scrummaging well all afternoon and popping up in the loose with a willingness to carry.
The Rams head over to Woodrush next week looking to continue their push for a promotion spot, with kick off now 2.15pm after the clocks went back on Sunday.