Shelford ease to victory on the green, green 4G grass of their new home.
Derby encounter sees Shelford finish with the local bragging rights once again.
In a typically edgy derby encounter on the lush plastic grass at the Davey Field, Shelford were just too clinical for Cambridge.
The game started brightly, and despite conceding an early 3 points, Cambridge produced a fantastic try from a 5 metre lineout. The ball was taken forward from a catch and drive and then moved quickly to the wing with Max Burton touching down for his first try for the club.
However, within minutes from the restart Cambridge were a man down after a nasty clash of heads between Paddy Cave and his own player, resulting in a compound fracture of his nose. The reshuffle didn't suit Cambridge as they were already starting the game short of a number of key players. Nothing really worked from then on, with numerous handling errors and confusion in defence, which was slow to react on a wide pitch. The home team were quick to react to the mistakes made by Cambridge and converted each time they were given a sniff of the line.
The game continued in a similar fashion throughout the first period. Cambridge having periods of possession only to cough up the ball in crucial areas and Shelford pouncing at every opportunity. On the stroke of half time Cammie Wood took a knee to the head in a tackle and unfortunately had to leave the pitch on a stretcher to Addenbrookes. Not wanting to move the injured player, the game was moved to the adjacent grass pitch which saw the visitors playing up hill into a stiffer breeze.
The second half didn't improve much for Cambridge despite glimpses of some good work. No joy though on the score board and even though the team battled in defence they just couldn't find a way through. And as if the injuries were not enough to contend with, Cambridge found themselves a man down when the referee ran out of patience for persistent infringing at the breakdown and gave a team yellow to Jack Bronsnan.
Shelford deserved the win as they stuck to a simple game plan and manage the conditions better on the different surface in the second half.
The Colts will regroup and continue to work hard. They play an exciting brand of rugby and are improving each week under the tutelage of 1st XV fly half Ben Penfold. Learning to play in a similar style to the 1st XV isn't easy, but when it does fall into place the results will be really exciting.