Shelford seal victory over Newmarket
Tariq at the double in win
Zain Tariq touched down twice as Shelford under-16s won 17-5 against Newmarket.
He scored the first try, converted by Jack Biard, and Morgan Pavlovic got the second try.
Tariq got his second to make it 17-0 at half time, and Newmarket replied with an unconverted score in the second half.
Owen Armitage scored two tries as Shelford under-14s were beaten 21-12 by Newmarket.
Shelford were tight on numbers, with only 16 players available for the match. And Newmarket touched down twice in the first half to lead 14-0 at the break.
Shelford made a strong start to the second half, and Will Taylor stole the ball from a ruck and after a couple of penalties, play was passed out to Owen Armitage and he evaded the defence to touch down. Davies added the conversion.
But Newmarket replied with a try, which they also converted.
From a second 5-metre scrum, Armitage got the ball and found gaps in the defence to cross out wide leaving the final score at 21-12.
Shelford’s players of the day were Toby Pym, Charlie Yeneralski and Joe Davies.
A depleted Shelford under-15s were unable to get the better of Newmarket as they were defeated 35-19.
They only had 12 players, with 18 unavailable, and had to borrow three players to start the match.
Newmarket started the better and controlled the game through a number of close-in forward drives which resulted in the first try of the match, but Shelford hit back.
Good handling from the much changed back line led to Taylor Hein-Hones scorching in under the posts.
Newmarket continued to put the pressure on Shelford, and soon had their second try.
But Shelford replied immediately, with another team try finished off by Walter Watson, making it 12-10 at half time.
The first 20 minutes of the second half was fairly even, with both teams scoring well-worked tries, with Shelford’s effort being touched down by Theo Rayner.
As the game went on Shelford had two players leave the field with injuries and the continuous pressure and battering for Newmarket took its toll as the visitors found gaps in the Shelford defence to score three unanswered tries.
Shelford under-13s were beaten 35-25 by Newmarket, with two tries from Ryley Brown and one apiece from Hector Trower, Josh Barrett and Scott Revell.