Shipston produced another high scoring match on Saturday to keep the pressure on their rivals in the race for promotion from Midlands 3 West. It wasn't the perfect performance but the final result proved out the old adage ' a wins a wins' especially an away one and with such a margin.
The Rams started strongly from the kick off with Tobi Faulkner opening the scoring within about 30 seconds which Rob James stepped up to slot through the posts 0-7. This was followed by his second about 2 minutes later which again Rob slotted to take the scores to -0-14 before the match was even 4 minutes old. Rob wasn’t to be left out though scoring his own fine breakaway try a couple of minutes later – again converted and the score stood at 0-21 with the clock stood at only 10 minutes played.
The 10 minutes of aggressive Rugby was played back and forth before the Bonus point try was the scored by Aaron Neal from number 8, seconds after he had said that he wasn’t scoring much this season. This took the score up to 0-26 after only 25 minutes. The next score could have proved controversial as winger Matt Daniells looked as if he’d fumbled the ball over the line but the referee didn’t need a TMO and judged the ball grounded. Rob kicked again and the score stood at 0-33.
Final score of the half again came from Dr.Neal as he proved maybe he can score this season 0-40 after Robs kick. This wasn’t the last drama of the half though as James was then yellow carded for a hand off to the face off the ball whilst defending himself from a late hit.
The second half was a much scrappier affair. The Upton squad started to use the extra man and piled on the pressure, this caused Shipston errors and penalties which eventually resulted in another yellow just as Rob came back on to the pitch, prop Ben Summers was the unfortunate victim to see colour for a high tackle which the ref described as a team yellow rather than an offence that deserved a card in its own right.
Shipston however had just too much class for their hosts. Upton pressure on the Shipston line was held off and soon regular score board botherer Harry Clark was racing the length of the pitch for a try of his own which was again converted 0-47. Final score of the game came from backrow stalwart George Wilcock to bring the closing score to 0-54 after Robs kick.
All in all it was another big scoring game which brings Shipstons ‘points for’ tally this season up to 749 from 17 games an average that works out at 44pts per game… however the lads will rue the chances missed in the second half and will look to make up for that at home to Woodrush on VIPs day on 2nd March.