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Penalty agony as Shelford slip to defeat to Harpenden in London League 1N




Michael Halatuituia in action for Shelford against Harpenden. Picture: Mike Harris (27211865)
Michael Halatuituia in action for Shelford against Harpenden. Picture: Mike Harris (27211865)

Shelford missed out on victory over Harpenden by the width of the post as they had to settle for a losing bonus point in London League 1N.

The hosts made a bright start to the game, enjoying the better of the contest but Lewis Cracknell’s penalty bounced back off the upright – a fate that was to befall the fly-half again later in the game.

Cracknell landed another penalty to make it 3-0 after 15 minutes, but to add salt into the wound of Shelford’s dominance, Harpenden responded with a try from a catch and drive in their first attack of the game.

A well-worked move saw Aki Lea offload to Brad Barker to score in the corner after 27 minutes to put Shelford 8-5 ahead. However, they trailed 12-8 at half time after a move out wide saw Harpenden score a converted try.

At the start of the second half, Shelford’s Matt Gregerson was shown a yellow card, and while he was in the sin bin, Harpenden touched down another catch and drive from a line-out.

On 54 minutes, a 5m scrum eventually led to young prop Owen Miller touching down his first Shelford try.

But in the closing minutes, Cracknell hit the post with a penalty for a second time in the game, meaning Harpenden held on for the win.

Shelford are away to Old Haberdashers this Saturday (January 25).



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