SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014
Shottery 35 Leamington III 22
A much changed team from the previous outing saw Shottery run out worthy winners in this encounter with their local rivals. If anything, the margin of victory could have been much greater.
Leamington started brightly and a fairly innocuous kick down the line, compounded by a misunderstanding between the defence, saw Leamington open the scoring with a relatively soft try. Shottery hit back almost immediately with good interplay between forwards and backs putting centre Pawel Haas in space to score the equaliser.
Ten minutes into the game Leamington were back in front with an unconverted try. Again Shottery hit back with a try for Andy Evans bringing the scores level again. Thereafter, Shottery upped the tempo and Leamington never really got back into the game. A lovely little chip and chase from one of the Shottery locks, Mo Nalot, nearly saw him score a brilliant solo try. Further opportunities came and went, but a nicely slotted penalty from Andy Greengauge and a try from skipper Simon Lee put Shottery 18 - 10 in front at half time.
Leamington started the second half trying to batter their way through the pink defensive line, but were time and time again knocked back in the tackle with Evans and Trigger Houghton particularly resolute. Good work at the front of a lineout saw prop Dan Widdower barrelling over from close range. Greengauge slotted the conversion and another penalty to stretch the lead. Things continued to get better as youngster Steve Day galloped down the wing to score a debut try. With the conversion again successful Shottery were fully in control at 35 -10.
Leamington never gave up trying and scored a well worked try to reduce the deficit, but the last quarter descended into farce as the referee's decisions became more and more one sided and erratic. A somewhat controversial penalty try was awarded against Shottery for pulling the ball down over the line, and in the chaos that ensued the referee sent his own father to the stands. Thereafter the game petered out with both sides looking exhausted.
After the game, skipper Lee said "A bit like the hokey cokey, we put everything in and shook things up. I am delighted with this win and feel that this team is starting to show some real promise." Shottery are due to play a home game against Earlsdon this weekend. Any new players wanting a run out for this social club are more than welcome to bring their boots down.