Louie Tang double helps Shelford keep the heat on London League 1N leaders after win at Thurrock
Shelford kept the heat on leaders Sudbury with a 29-17 win at Thurrock in London League 1N.
It was not the most straightforward of starts for Will Cotterill's side as a clearing kick was charged down to give Thurrock the chance to get the first try after six minutes.
In the 12th minute, Thurrock extended their lead as some great passing and offloading pushed Shelford back to create space on the outside to touch down to make it 10-0.
Shelford got their first points in the 19th minute, when an intentional knock-on led to a penalty try and a yellow card for the Thurrock player.
The visitors went ahead in the 23rd minute. Louie Tang jinked through a couple of attempted tackles to touch down, but Lewis Cracknell's conversion hit the post.
They increased their advantage on the half-hour, with more pressure being rewarded by Jack Biard going around the outside to finish off under the posts. Cracknell's extras made it 19-10.
The bonus point for four tries was in the bag by half time as clever play from a line-out led to Miles Huppatz crossing to make it 24-10.
There was a big defence shift in the second half, with Shelford holding Thurrock up over the line to save a certain try in the 50th minute.
Jasper Dix was sin-binned for Shelford, and while he was off the pitch, the hosts managed to get through for a converted try to get within a score.
However, Shelford's win was wrapped up in the closing stages as Tang took a brilliant off-load to touch down to make it 29-17.
Shelford are at home to seventh-placed Brentwood this Saturday (January 29).