Canterbury RFC let lead slip and lose at Shelford in National League 2 South
Canterbury allowed an 11-point lead to slip as they went down
40-31 at Shelford in National 2 South on Saturday.
The city club made an impressive start and after just three
minutes scrum half Dave Marshall scored his fourth try in as many
The hosts replied with a penalty try but fit-again skipper Pete
Kelly finished a superb driving maul with a second Canterbury
However, Shelford edged ahead before the break with a converted
try and a penalty but after the break, Canterbury put themselves
into a potentially match-winning position as Ricky Mackintosh’s run
and kick ahead was chased down by Martyn Beaumont to score and
three minutes later, the full-back returned the favour, handing
Mackintosh a clear run through.
Tony Browne added the extras but Shelford responded with a catch
and drive try, only for Beaumont to power onto a pass from Alex
Veale and score, with Browne’s third conversion making it
However, the hosts began to pile on the pressure and scored
twice to take a 32-31 lead.
Wim Baars then received a sin-binning less than 15 minutes from
time, with Shelford kicking the subsequent penalty and despite
battling on a man short, a second penalty try took the hosts out of
The city club did secure a try bonus point and stay eighth while
Shelford remain fifth.
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