Harry Rogerson try double helps Shelford to victory over Harpenden in London League 1N
Harry Rogerson pounced for two tries as Shelford won 29-17 at Harpenden in London League 1N.
In their first game for five weeks they were up against a fellow side battling for one of the three promotion spots.
Harpenden were unbeaten at home this season, and went ahead through a converted try inside the opening five minutes.
Lewis Cracknell replied with a penalty after 12 minutes, and Shelford went ahead Rogerson when burrowed over the line to touch down. Cracknell’s extras made it 10-7 after 17 minutes.
Having stolen a line-out, Shelford got play to Tom James, whose offload put Dan Barber away to score and Cracknell converted.
Charlie Baker took a quick tap penalty for Rogerson to get his second try in the corner to make it 22-7 at half time.
The hosts hit back through a penalty and converted try to reduce the arrears to 22-17.
Shelford got their bonus-point winning fourth try when Baker spun the ball wide for James to scamper clear, and Cracknell converted to seal the win.
Shelford gave a debut from the bench to Jasper Dix, a second row/back row player who joined us in the Autumn, having previously represented Oxford University and played in the 2018 and 2019 Varsity Matches.
The win keeps Shelford second in the table, two points behind leaders Sudbury.
Shelford play host to Colchester this Saturday (January 15).