SHIPSTON 28 STOW 7
In very difficult conditions it was the home side who coped best and deserved the win. Stow were not in the best shape going into the game with several players unavailable for various reasons which meant another totally new side took to the field. Stow had the slope, rain & wind in their favor for the first and put some phases together but struggled to get any continuity whereas the home side played well against the elements. Stow broke the deadlock when left wing JAMES FLETCHER crossed the line with James Holmes converting. Seven points were never going to be enough at the break so when the half time whistle came Stow needed a huge effort. Literally from the re-start Shipton ran the ball back with some poor tackling letting them in under the posts, try converted. Soon after they scored again under the posts and it was Stow’s defence that let them down, try converted. Shipston now had their tales up, Stow were down to 14 players due to a sin binning and having to go to uncontested scrums due to lack of front row. Shipston ran in another two more converted tries to take the win with a bonus point which they thoroughly deserved.