Shipston made the short trip down the Fosseway to face much improved Harbury for the last game of the season.With neither team in a promotion or relegation fight and the conditions near perfect,a large crowd hoped for a free flowing 'throw the ball about' finale.
Both teams started brightly enough with Shipston edging it in territory with their small mobile pack more suited to the conditions.
On 10 minutes the Ram's broke the deadlock when on the Harbury 22 they spun quick ball across their backs for Dan Taylor to crash over down the right.0-5.
Harbury hit back and on 20 minutes were in a position to threaten Shipston's line when they had a pass intercepted by Justin Saker who sprinted 70 metres to score under the post which Rob James converted to give Shipston a 0-12 lead.
Both team's continued to try and play open rugby for the rest of the half but it wasn't helped when Harbury had the misfortune of losing player's through injury at regular interval's.Half time 0-12.
Shipston,although assisted by a strong wind in the 2nd half,still refused to use it and kept the ball in hand to try and entertain and finish the season in style.But the final pass eluded both team's but their effort's were appreciated by the crowd-helped by the young official who had a fine debut.On 55 minutes Shipston's pressure was rewarded when Tom Corby produced one of his trade mark run's and crashed and bounced off several player's to score under the post,Rob James adding the extra's.0-19.
10 minutes later Shipston's small pack disrupted a Harbury scrum and the ball was quickly fed out to Dan Taylor to score his second try,again converted by James to make it 0-26.
The last 5 minutes was spent in the visitor's 22 as Harbury pressured to get off 'nil'-and when it looked as if Shipston had weathered the storm by breaking out,a forward pass brought the play back on their own line.With the last play of the game Harbury were rewarded for their effort's to make the final score 5-26.
An entertaining game full of effort and error's and a great way for Shipston to finish their season-a fine team effort which I hope we can build on and come back with a bigger,fitter and stronger squad of player's next September and play in upper half of the table.
Hard to pick a Man of the Match,as everyone gave 100%-but George Waywell stood out and I would have to pick him.
Well that's it folk's!!!back to my gardening Saturday afternoon's!But don't forget next Saturday (18th)at the rugby club our Fun Day-pig roast,life music,a couple of rugby games,ladies tag game with beer and wine flowing all afternoon,from 2pm onwards.