Sat 27
1st XV
Manor Park


By Gary Bonsor
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Strong performance destroys 'Park'.

After last weeks defeat and Manor Park's win against Pershore a close battle was expected-but Shipston,bolstered by the return of key players ran riot playing high quality free flowing rugby.
After a cagey opening 10 minutes,Shipston,fielding 3 pairs of brothers incidentally,opened the scoring when pressure near Parks line,resulted in fly-half George Cowper selling a dummy to score under the post which Rob James easily converted.7-0.
The home team,with their backs determined to throw the ball around,broke through again with scrum half Rob James leaving Parks tackles behind to score a great individual try in the left corner.12-0.
Within a minute Jack Barnard burst through the middle to off load to supporting Harry Wells to touch down,again James added the extra's 19-0.
There then followed a quiet spell as Manor Park clawed their way back into the game-it resulted in a yellow card for skipper Matt Corby after 39 minutes which Park took advantage of the extra man to score in stoppage time to make the half time score 19-5.
The second half started with a bang and despite still down to 14,Jack Barnard once again went on a charge,this time feeding Seb Miller to use his speed to race through,James added the extra's-26-5.
All credit to Manor Park,they started to dominate the scrum's which lead to pressure near Shipston's line and on 58 minutes scored their second unconverted try-26-10.
This seemed to spur Shipston into life and on 60 minutes Harry Barnard crashed through the flagging visitors defence and not to be out done,brother Jack in the 73 minute repeated it,both again converted by Rob James.40-10.
After this Manor Park seemed to crumble and shipped in 2 more tries,both scored by Will 'angry' Seys who turned in an impressive performance all afternoon.One more conversion for Rob James finished the scoring-52-10.
Very difficult to pick a Man of the Match as everyone turned in great performances,but for me its George Cowper,a young lad growing in confidence with every 1st team game under his belt.
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Match date

Sat 27, Sep 2014



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Midlands 3 West (South)