I'm afraid the too common weekly changes in personnel again effected Shipston's need to field a settled side.But the 'walking wounded' once again gave everything as they came up against a well organised Old Wheats side.
Shipston were under pressure right from the kick off but defended stoutly and protected their line and finally broke out of defence through Charlie Speechley who danced through OW's defence but his final pass failed to go to hand.
Soon after OW's took the lead through a well drilled back move to score under the posts which was easily converted.7-0
On 25 minutes the home team increased their lead when their winger shrugged off several tackles to score a good unconverted try.12-0.
After that score Shipston enjoyed more of the ball and steadily came back into the match with Rob James striking two excellent penalties to make the score 12-6 at half time.
Only 3 minutes into the second half once again saw Rob James kick another long range penalty to narrow the score further.12-9.
OW's hit back with a penalty of their own on 47 minutes after back chat to the referee made the kick easier.15-9.
On 57 minutes OW's mounted pressure on Shipston's line and finally their centre broke though to make it 22-9.
At this point the home team broke loose as Shipston tired and 2 minutes later repeated the score.29-9.
Shipston held out then until 65 minutes when a ruck on their line was finally won by OW's and was popped out to their backs for an easy try.36-9.
At this point Shipston could have given up-but no,they battled to get into OW's half and scored a good try through Tom Barry.36-14.
Once again Shipston broke up field and through good support play fed prop Ben Haines to race through to score under the post which James converted.36-21.
On balance, at this point the score was probable a true reflection of the game-but the OW's weren't finished and scored 2 converted tries in the final 3 minutes to give the score line a unbalanced look.50-21.
Shipston showed great spirit and hopefully the injury crisis will ease soon.
My Man of the Match is undoubtedly Ben Haines-another fine performance!