Sat 28
1st XV


By Gary Bonsor
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Another victory 'almost' secures league status

The Ram's made the long trip to Upton on Severn knowing that only a victory would do to maintain their push to remain in Midland 3 West (South).Upton also knew that only a victory would do to catch Shipston and continue the fight until the end of the season.
But almost straight from kick off Shipston showed they meant business and as the ball was spun out to the backs,Charlie Speechley latched onto the ball to use his pace and score the opening try which fly half Rob James easily converted.0-7.
Shipston continued to dominate the set pieces-with once again their lighter front row punching above their weight and securing good ball for their backs.On 20 minutes this pressure told and finally it resulted in a penalty being awarded which again Rob James sweetly struck to give the visitors a 0-10 lead.
With half time looming the scrum secured quality ball by taking a ball against the head and once again it was fed out to Charlie Speechley who ghosted through without a hand being being placed on him-James again added the extra's,this was the final score of the half so the Ram's turned round with a healthy 0-17 lead.
The second half though started badly for Shipston when they failed to secure the kick off allowing Upton to gain possession and territory to come back into the game 7-17.
On 53 minutes though Shipston hit back with good work in the Upton 22 resulting in a penalty being awarded but playing advantage Rob James risked a drop goal which sailed over to give Shipston a 7-20 lead.
5 minutes later Tom Corby kicked through only to be taken out without the ball which resulted in Upton's wing forward being given a 10 minutes rest and Shipston a penalty which again Rob James slotted over 7-23.
Not soon after both team's were down to 14 men when Mark Jervis received a yellow for a dangerous tackle.
On 70 minutes Upton came back into the game when although Shipston were on attack, the ball was intercepted and Upton's winger sprinted nearly the length of the field to narrow the score to 14-23.
As both team's tired neither could manage another score and Shipston held on to secure a 14-23 victory-which although doesn't guarantee their survival,goes a long way towards it.To spoil the party Saturday's results throw up some shocks with Harbury beating Ledbury 24-10 and Southam winning 15-23 at title chasing Woodrush,denying Shipston the chance to move two more places up the league.
Another great performance from the Ram's-especially the forwards and there was several contenders for Man of the Match but it has to be Rob James who playing out of position at fly half,controlled play and gave a great kicking performance.

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Sat 28, Feb 2015




Midlands 3 West (South)