Brackley Vets 24
Shipston Vets 27
Shipston Vets were once again on the road with a trip to Brackley. The home side were dominant up front in the early scrums and it was from a lost Shipston scrum that Brackley opened the scoring when the inside centre broke through some poor defence to touch down. Shipston got back up the other end of the park and fly half Pete Organ slotted a penalty to get some points on the board. This seemed to settle the visitors who began to put some good phases together in the difficult conditions. Centre Dave Graham was the provider for Shipston's first try when he made a neat break, slipped to Ian Petty who showed a good turn of speed and he put John Alexander away on the left wing to score under the posts. Organ converted to put Shipston 10-5 ahead. An interception by Graham a few minutes later saw him race away from 40 metres out for a try of his own. Organ converted for a 17-5 lead. Some slick handling along the backs through centres Graham and Petty and fullback Eric Dickinson put Lee Williams away in the right corner. Brackley hit back when Shipston were penalised for being offside, a quick tap penalty was taken as the Rams were caught napping and the no8 went over unopposed. Shipston responded on the stroke of half time when scrum half Charlie Cox put in a perfectly weighted box kick for Williams to run on to and touch down in the right corner. Half time 27-12 to Shipston.
Shipston made three changes at the break and this seemed to upset the rhythm. Brackley got back into the game and scored two tries, the second of which looked like it was grounded short of the line but nevertheless awarded. The final quarter was played out mostly between the 22s and Shipston held out for the victory. New signing Tom Churchill made a fine debut for Shipston with some strong carries and big tackles.