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Shelford under-15s sign off season with Eastern Counties Cup play-off win over Braintree




Shelford under-15s after their win in the Eastern Counties Cup. Picture: Roger Barrett (9384463)
Shelford under-15s after their win in the Eastern Counties Cup. Picture: Roger Barrett (9384463)

Kyle Harris was the matchwinner for Shelford under-15s as they beat Braintree 21-17 in the Eastern Counties Cup, fourth and fifth place play-off.

In their final competition match of the season, Braintree got the opening score with an unconverted try after five minutes.

Shelford responded by going in front through two penalties from Harvey Taylor.

Braintree gained a half-time lead as they spread the ball wide to go over in the corner, but as the conversion hit the upright, they advantage was only 10-6.

A third penalty from Taylor at the start of the second half reduced the arrears to one, and it remained that way for the next 20 minutes.

A yellow card for Shelford helped Braintree score a converted try with eight minutes left to lead 17-9.

After some excellent phases of play, Ryley Stiebrins-Brown kicked through to wrongfoot the full-back to touch down, and Taylor converted to make it 17-16.

Some assured attacking rugby gave Harris the ball to step inside for the try to make it 21-17 and, after securing possession from the re-start, Shelford kicked the ball out of play to confirm victory.

The only down side to the day was injuries to Toby Owers and Harry Calne, who broke his collarbone midway through the first half.




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