Shelford maintain impressive home form
Five out of five at the Davey Field
Shelford hung on to win their fifth consecutive home game by beating Westcliff 17-16 in National League Three, London & SE.
Basic errors and injuries have become a trademark of Shelford’s season, and they hit again against Westcliff as Tom Ransom went off suffering from a haematoma and Tom Lucas sustained a hand injury.
Westcliff took the lead with a penalty, but a series of forward drives saw Warrick Anderson touch down, and Rhodri Dawes added the conversion.
Scrum-half Jack Harvey then scampered over to score, with Dawes adding the extras to make it 14-3.
Winger Peni Matalau had to leave the field with a back injury and Harvey twisted an ankle so Shelford knew that they would be up against it.
Westcliff landed a penalty just before half time, but Dawes kicked a penalty in the second half to give Shelford some breathing space.
Shelford were battling to keep Westcliff at bay, with the visitors adding an unconverted try.
The hosts tried to respond and earned a penalty under the Westcliff posts, but Harvey took a quick penalty and promptly lost the ball, giving Westcliff the chance to break and score in the corner, although the conversion attempt drifted wide to see Shelford earn the win.
There was a bit more good news for Shelford on the injury front as fly-half Josh Simmons and veteran prop James Armitage played their first games of the season for the second team.
Cantabrigian keep on winning in London League 2NE, clinching a 38-3 win over Holt.
Alex Rayner sped clear to get Cantabs’ first try, and James Hayward then touched down and converted to make it 12-0, with Holt landing a penalty before half time.
Rayner completed his hat-trick in the second half and tries from Dean James and Tom Bailey and conversions from Hayward completed the win.
Cantabs have now gone seven league games without defeat, and they have Nick Denham, David Bloxsum, Tom Skelton, Francois Eve, Paul Pudney, Euan Willder, Patrick Carson and Jonny Regan still to fit into the backs.
Dan Searle played 30 minutes for the third team only six weeks after a cartilage operation, while Sami Kiddidromo was also back for the thirds for his first game of the season.