Copyright © 2009 - 2014 Shipston on Stour RUFC.
Shipston Vets 41
Leamington 3s 12


Shipston gained revenge for an early season loss at Leamington with a comprehensive seven try victory at Mayo road. Centre Carl Hamilton opened the scoring from a lineout in the Leam 22. Tom Churchill took the catch and the pack drove on before Brian Hobill cut the angle and created a gap for Hamilton to go over under the posts. Hobill converted. Shipston went 12-0 ahead when left wing Jack Gibson scooped up a loose ball 40 metres out and raced away for his first try for the vets. Leamington got back into the game and levelled the scores with two tries from Shipston errors. However two further tries from Hamilton and right wing Lee Williams saw the home side go into the break 22-12 ahead.
The Shipston forwards took control up front in the muddy conditions in the second half and from a series of driving mauls in the Leam 22, the pack drove over with Boggy Warmington claiming the touch down. From the restart skipper Richard Spencer rumbled up to the half way and then tight head Mark Ashworth charged on to the visitors' 22 and offloaded to supporting openside Duncan Mills who beat the defence to the line. Unfortunately the exertion proved too much for Mills and he had to go off for an early shower claiming an achilles problem. A great covering tackle by Williams prevented a Leamington score but he picked up a serious knee injury in the process. Shipston's final try came after more good work by the pack, this time lock Nick Holdsworth picking up from the back of a ruck and charging over from 15 metres out, Hobill adding the extras for a final score of 41-12.