Shipston turned in one of their most complete performances to date on Saturday as they came away from Woodrush with a thumping victory and the maximum five points for their efforts.
With a number of names still unavailable through injury there were some changes again to the side, with Tom Corby coming back into the squad for the first time in almost a year following a shoulder injury and Tobi Faulkner moving back into the centre, with Rob James switching to fullback. In the forwards, Jack Wyatt kept his place at hooker after an impressive outing last week against Upton and George Wilcock started his first game of the season on the flank following some impressive performances of his own from the bench.
Woodrush is a notoriously difficult place to get a result and a tough game always awaits when you arrive, so the Rams turned up knowing that they would have to battle hard to get something from the game. They started quickly and kept up the momentum throughout the first half, even when Harry Jackson was forced from the field through injury and Corby had to shift into a more familiar position in the centre. The scored three tries in the first half and led at the break 18-7.
In the second period the Rams really turned on the style. The Woodrush forwards were tiring with the intensity and pace of the Shipston attack and they were able to exploit holes int he home sides defence. The link play between forwards and backs was particularly pleasing, off-loading well out of the tackle and shifting the point of attack.
The onslaught continued without any reply from the hosts and Shipston ran in a series of well worked scores to put real distance between the two teams. At the final whistle Shipston had passed the 50 point mark and ran out comfortable winners 59-7. The victory lifts Shipston into third place in the table with a game in hand on leaders, Old Leamingtonians.
MOTM this week is a team award, awarded to the entire squad. There were a number of stand out performances from the likes of Issac Clayton, George Minogue and Charlie Hollies-Everett in the pack and Tobi Faulkner, Will Hammond and Corby in the back line. The performance of the squad as a whole though eclipses the individual efforts and that was the most pleasing thing to take from the game.
Shipston are back in cup action on Saturday when they welcome Old Saltleians to Mayo Road int he next round of the RFU Senior Vase, kick off at 2.15pm.