Match Report
Shiplake College 1st XV vs  The Windsor Boys' School
On: Saturday, 08 Sep 2018
Venue: Away

Following the success at the St Alban's preseason tournament, the team went into this final preseason game against Windsor Boys' with high spirits. The match started with Shiplake getting on the scoreboard early, with a try after lots of ball in the opposition 22. Shiplake continued to keep the pressure on Windsor after winning the ball back in the midfield with some very aggressive defending, causing Windsor to make mistakes. Some strong scrums led to Matty Fitzgerald being able to outwit the defence with his running line off the back of the scrum to score and convert. Shiplake became frustrated by not scoring a couple of tries they should have, but eventually came a lovely team try started by the forwards securing the ball. Matt Dalrymple and Matty Fitzgerald linking up well in the backs allowing slick hands from Joe Kerrison and Josh Howard with Jack Rees dotting down in the corner. The first 3rd finished 0-17 to Shiplake.

After a short break and 11 players coming on the field, the boys did not start so well with Shiplake slipping off tackles leading to Windsor scoring and converting. This was then followed with the basics of catch pass not being executed when under pressure from a good Windsor defence. Windsor continued to pressure the Shiplake defence scoring two more tries finishing the second 3rd 17-17.

Initially, Shiplake didn’t get the basics right but soon built momentum with strong running lines from Fyn Brown and Tom Mythen and the backs ran in three more tries from Josh Howard, Jack Rees and Matty Fitzgerald. Final Score 17-34. Special thanks to Ben Shouksmith (injured) and Bertie Whitfield for manning the video and water bottles.

The 1st XV took a lot from the preseason match and are now building for Reading Blue Coat on New Field, KO 10.00am on Saturday 15 September. All support appreciated and welcome.