With a third of the regular first team missing,including the captain and vice captain,Shipston came up against an improving Southam team who grow with confidence as the game progressed.
Shipston did start brightly enough,and playing with a strong wind in the first half,did enjoy good possession and territory in the first 10 minutes-but the final pass didn't go to hand and Southam defended their line well.
On 14 minutes though Southam broke free and their left winger broke through several tackles to score in the corner.5-0.
It wasn't until the 32 minute that Southam scored again,by that time it was apparent that Shipston's line out and scrum wasn't working,giving Southam constant posession allowing a copy of the first try in the left corner again.10-0.
3 minutes later Southam used their other quick winger who broke through poor tackling to score a converted try making it 17-0 at half time.
With the scrum still not winning their own ball,Shipston held on until the 48 minute when Southam spun the ball along their pack-and with the official missing the crossing and blocking allowed play to continue for the home team to score a converted try 24-0.
Straight after this Southam received a yellow card which helped get Shipston back into the match and on 52 minutes Tom Page barged though under the post for a converted try 24-7.
This good work was undone straight after when Shipston received their own yellow card to balance the sides to 14 apiece.
On 62 minutes Southam increased their lead with a penalty under the posts to make it 27-7.
Things got worse for Shipston when they lost possession in their own half on 67 minutes gifting Southam another 7 points.34-7.
5 minutes later,Southam enjoying constant possession from scrums and line outs,failed to tackle the home team fullback who scored under the posts to make it 41-7.
With 10 minutes to go Shipston seemed to wake up and with strong pressure on the Southam line,forced themselves over to make it 41-14.
This hard work was undone,when on 75 minutes Southam kick through to make it 46-14.
But Shipston did have the final word when again Tom Page on one of his bullocking charges,crashed through several tackles to make the final score 21-46.
A disappointing results,but the lack of scrum and line out ball with the addition of missed tackling,there was only going to one out come-and with difficult games coming up a lot of work needs to be done.
My Man of the Match this week is Tom Page-great to see him back in the first team.