Dire Shipston Humbled At Alcester
Shipston put to the sword by fired-up Alcester
Shipston turned out their worst performance in memory to go down to an Alcester side who out-competed them in every facet of the game. Having just gone top of the table following a fine run of form, the Rams were in confident mood as they arrived at Alcester, looking to cement their place at the top of the pile in the run up to the Christmas break. A decent warm up was as good as it got for Shipston however, as from the very first whistle they were second best in every aspect of the game. They were beaten to the break down, their defence was poor and in attack they offered very little to write home about, meaning Alcester were able to claim a deserved victory in front of a boisterous home crowd and send the Rams home to lick their wounds and try to bounce back next week.
Shipston found themselves down 19-0 at half time, having surrendered a couple of players to the sin bin for repeated infringements and lacking any penetration with ball in hand. Injuries to Will Hammond and Chris Calcott blighted their efforts further and the Rams faced an uphill battle in the second period to try and restore some respectability and gain anything from the game.
It simply wasn't to be. Alcester continued their dominance and Shipston continued to make errors and the writing was well and truly on the wall. A further three tries to add to their three from the first half gave the home side a well deserved 38-0 victory and sent the Rams home to think about what went wrong and how they can make amends next week and bounce back with a victory at home against Bromyard.