Sat 07
1st XV


By Gary Bonsor
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But Shipston can hold their heads high

Shipston welcomed a promotion seeking Bedworth side to Mayo Road ,who in the last 2 weeks have scored 133 points against the 4th and 5th teams in the league Pershore and Old Wheats.
But straight from the kick off Shipston took the battle to Bedworth,and where possible tried to keep the ball away from the much bigger and heavier pack.But only 4 minutes into the game,Bedworth showed their class and took the lead which was then converted 0-7.
But 10 minutes later Shipston worked themselves into Bedworth's half and the ball was fed out to Charlie Speechley who broke through Bedworth's defence for a well taken try with Rob James adding the extra's,7-7.
But almost immediately Bedworth regained the lead when Shipston tried to spread the ball wide with the final ball not going to hand and gifted the ball to the visitor's to run in a lucky try.7-12.
On 24 minutes Bedworth won a penalty which they kicked to the corner and from the resulting lineout used their big pack to roll over to take a 7-19 lead.
To make matter's worse,Tom Corby received a yellow card on the half hour to reduce Shipston to 14.
Bedworth's pack started to dominate the scrum's and increased their lead further to make it 7-26.
But to their credit Shipston didn't lie down and in stoppage time,reduced Bedworth's lead when George Waywell powered through to make the half time score 12-26.
Now playing with the wind Shipston hoped to eat into Bedworth lead-but by now the visitor's pack was taking scrum ball against the head and this lead to them scoring to increase their lead to 12-33.
Shipston though battled on and competed for every ball and managed to keep the visitor's out for a long period although out muscled at times at the ruck they didn't take a backward step.
With only a couple of minutes left on the clock Bedworth did manage to score again when Shipston failed to tidy up a loose linout which was pounced on to make the score 12-40.
But to show their fighting spirit,Shipston had the last word when in stoppage time Oli Morris picked up a loose ball and used his speed to burn off the Bedworth defence to score to make the final score 17-40.
When you take into account that Shipston gave Bedworth 2 soft tries,it was a fine performance by the Ram's.
My man of the match is Charlie Speechley-another try and a fine performance.
Just to round up on the other results on Saturday-the 2 team's below us had mixed fortune's-Upton lost heavily 39-5 at Southam-but Manor Park kept their hopes alive with a 19-17 home win against Harbury and leap frog above Upton and closer to us!! which mean's we are far from safe-so let's upset the form book and get behind the team at Woodrush next Saturday!!!!!
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Sat 07, Mar 2015




Midlands 3 West (South)