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Louis Tang grabs late try as Shelford draw with London League 1N leaders Sudbury



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Louie Tang scored Shelford's last try to earn a draw with Sudbury. Picture: Mike Harris (53390885)
Louie Tang scored Shelford's last try to earn a draw with Sudbury. Picture: Mike Harris (53390885)

Louie Tang’s late try meant honours were even in the top versus second clash between Shelford and Sudbury in London League 1N.

The Suffolk side had a two-point edge over Shelford going into the match at the Davey Field, and scored an early converted try to take the lead.

Shelford made a quick response five minutes later, building some phases in the Sudbury 22 for Jack Biard to hit a good line to go over
but the conversion was missed to make it 7-5.

The Sudbury No 10 landed two penalties to put Sudbury in front, but then suffered a knee injury in the second half which led to a delay in the match.

Lewis Cracknell landed a penalty for Shelford to reduce the arrears to 13-8.

With eight minutes remaining, Shelford turned over a scrum on their own 10m mark to get field position. As the clock ticked down, they drove Sudbury off their own put-in at a scrum to earn a penalty at the breakdown which Charlie Baker took quickly.

Charlie Baker in action for Shelford against Sudbury. Picture: Mike Harris (53391151)
Charlie Baker in action for Shelford against Sudbury. Picture: Mike Harris (53391151)

He found Tang in support, and the winger got through three tackles out wide to touch down in the last play to make it 13-13.

“To Sudbury’s credit, they were probably the better team on the day so for us to scramble back and get a draw – and have a chance to kick the conversion for the win at the end which wasn’t that far off – I think that’s a fair result,” said Shelford director of rugby Will Cotterill.

“We were a little bit scared to play when we were attacking. We didn’t use the width as well as they did and we didn’t use the boot as well as they did. At the end of the day, we probably did well to get a draw.”

It means it is a very condensed top of the table, with five points separating the top five.

“The top five are really competitive,” said Cotterill. “There is not a lot in it. We need to be really mindful of going to Amersham & Chiltern in the right frame of mind because they are a good team.

“If we go down there with any sort of arrogance or lack of respect for the opposition then we could come unstuck easily.”

He added: “We need to really try to grab the maximum 15 points over the next three weeks because after Christmas we have Harpenden and Colchester back to back which is going to be massive.”

Cambridge’s seven-match unbeaten run in National League One was brought to an end with a 17-15 defeat to Leeds Tykes.

Anthony Maka, Jake Garside and Matt Hema had touched down to give Cambridge a 15-0 lead, but tries from Andrew Lawson and Xavier Valentine and seven points from Charlie Venables gave Leeds the win.

Cambridge travel to Taunton this Saturday (December 4).



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