Shelford grab bonus point in defeat to Guernsey
Cards prove costly for Shelford
Discipline was in sharp focus as Shelford lost 39-30 at Guernsey in National League Three, London & SE.
It was a tale of 32 penalties, six yellow cards and one red card, which led to referee Richard Horton being at the centre of the discussion as the recent changes to the tackle law came into full view.
But there were positives for Shelford as they scored five tries and may have earned a win if Simon Hrbek had been able to land some of his conversions.
Mike Gillick finished a move that started in Shelford's own half for the first try, and Hrbek landed a penalty to make it 8-0.
Guernsey scored a try, captain Richy McIver touched down for Shelford and then Guernsey got a second to make it 15-13.
Shelford had gone 10 games without a yellow card, but hooker Paddy Reilly was first to be sin-binned for a tackle and he was soon followed by Warrick Anderson.
And while Shelford had 13 players, Guernsey surged into a 36-13 half-time lead.
Tuli Paea scored the first try of the second half, only for Aki Lea to then be yellow carded.
On his return, Lea received a second yellow card which meant Shelford had to play the last 28 minutes with 14 men.
Shelford dominated though, and Charlie Baker and Redmond Newberry touched down.
Guernsey scored one penalty in the second half, but Shelford's comeback was not quite enough.
However, they were dealt a further blow when Jamie Beswick was injured in a line-out incident that earned a Guernsey player a yellow card, and saw the Shelford player have to be taken to hospital.
Shelford are currently sixth in the table, and are at home this Saturday to fourth-placed Westcombe Park, who are 11 points clear of them in the division.