Shottery 10 Manor Park IIIs 12

Shottery slipped to another defeat in a game they really should have won. Surprisingly for a team that normally comprises at least half a dozen props, it was disappointing that the opposition could not field a front row and were unwilling to accept the offer of some spares from Shottery. This meant that the scrums went uncontested, which took away one of the home team’s most potent weapons.

Despite missing a number of regulars, Shottery were still able to field a squad of 22 with Andy Hawkins and George Day making their first appearances for the club and father and son combination Neil and Royce Povey making a welcome return. On a good day, it would be possible for Shottery to field a complete team of family members.

Shottery made a promising start putting immediate pressure on the Manor Park line and camping there for most of the first half. Manor Park relied on the boot of their fly half Andy Gude to clear the danger. Eventually the pressure told and Shottery elected to take the points with an easy penalty for their Portugese scrum half Kev Costa. With almost their first foray into Shottery territory, Manor Park scored a breakaway try from ex Shottery player Andy Drinkwater which was converted by Gude. As the first half petered out, Shottery failed to capitalise on the strong running from forwards Tom Beeley and Royce Povey.

The second half started in much the same vein, Shottery making a number of strong surges but without really making much penetration, despite some slick work from half back pairing Costa and Mike Pyman. Finally, they managed to string together some good phases which was finished off by prop Justin Mylchreest who was having an outstanding game. Costa added the extra points to put Shottery 10 – 7 up, but the lead did not last long as Manor Park centre, Richie Ring, burst through some poor tackles to score out wide. As both sides began to tire there were no further scores.

After the game, skipper Simon Lee said “This was a bit like a Xmas cake gone wrong, we had all the right ingredients, but the mix didn’t quite work”. Shottery have this weekend off but are due back in action on 6th December with a mini-tour to Claverdon. All new players and spectators are welcome and should contact Eugene on 07725 424146.