Selection for February 28th vs Aldermaston (Home) (VP Lunch)

 

Opposition: Aldermaston
Competition: League
Venue: Home
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time: 1.00pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)

Dress: No 1s
Item: Something Red (Welsh) or Something Blue (French)

1. Neil Evans
2. Jack Proctor
3. Matt Margot
4. Andrew Carson
5. Mike Jerstice
6. Stuart Burgess
7. Richard Clarke
8. David Lloyd-Williams (C)
9. Sam Watkins
10. Tim O’Sullivan
11. Rhys Stewart
12. Matt Rowlandson
13. Alex Webb
14. Chris Merrick
15. Chris Holmes
16. Tom Smith
17. Will Robinson
18. Tim Holmes
19. Tom Birch
20. Pat McGuigan
21. Aaron Walters

Selection for February 21st vs Crowthorne (Away)

Opposition: Crowthorne
Competition: League
Venue: Away
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time: 12.30 pm (1.15 @ Crowthorne) (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)

Dress: No 1s

1. Stuart Burgess (19-0)
2. Jack Proctor (20-20)
3. Tom Smith (29-10)
4. Andrew Carson (182-42)
5. Mike Jerstice (21-0)
6. Matt Margot (15-35)
7. Richard Clarke (11-10)
8. Tom Birch (82-15)
9. Sam Watkins (C) (180-101)
10. Aaron Walters (2-2)
11. Rhys Stewart (19-59)
12. Lenny Pitt (0-0)
13. Tim O’Sullivan (91-110)
14. Chris Merrick (12-10)
15. Alex Webb (45-60)
16. Neil Evans (401-240)
17. Sam Offord (3-0)
18. Adam Bishop (128-78)
19. Gregory King (0-0)
20. Rhys Thomas (25-30)

Selection for February 7th vs Risborough (Away)

Opposition: Risborough
Competition: League
Venue: Away
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time: 11.45pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)

Meet at Risborough: 13.00 pm (HP27 0DT)
Dress: No 1s

1 Neil Evans
2 Jack Proctor
3 Matt Margot
4 Andrew Carson
5 Will Robinson
6 David Lloyd-Williams (C)
7 Richard Clarke
8 Tom Birch
9 Aaron Walters
10 Rhys Thomas
11 Harry Gyamfi
12 Matt Rowlandson
13 Rory Buckley
14 Chris Merrick
15 Alex Webb

16 Chris Walker
17 Stuart Burgess
18 Sam Offord
19 Rhys Stewart

Match Report for Didcot

Shire Hall   12   Didcot   0

Berkshire Shire Hall’s forwards (including 400-cap Neil Evans) put in a big shift in wintery conditions to grind out a solid win against 3rd place Didcot.
The day started with most players waking to a fine dusting of snow. It was going to be a hard few hours at the Berkshire County Sports Ground, fighting the blustery winds, slippery conditions and numbing cold. Both Didcot and Shire Hall had fallen foul of a strong Harwell side in previous weeks and were keen to get back to winning ways.
6th place Shire Hall kicked off the match with the wind firmly in their favour. Didcot came straight at Shire Hall with strong running from their number 8 and outside centre; however Shire Hall’s cover defence was equal to it. Flanker Rich Clarke put in a series of key hits which would go on to mark him out as man of the match.
Slow ball and early mistakes led to possession changing hands several times, but eventually Shire Hall were able to put some phases together. The Shire Hall scrumhalf bossed the forwards into a tight, controlled game and as a reward, spent most of the first 20 minutes in the Didcot half. With the Shire Hall pack making yards, they found themselves knocking on the Didcot try line but the visiting team put everything into keeping Shire Hall out. After a few crashing attempts, they were repelled and the pressure was relieved when Shire Hall knocked-on.
Didcot kicked for field position, advanced down the pitch and subsequently broke the Shire Hall line after a nice backs move. However, the Didcot winger was dragged down by some valiant last-ditch defending. The resulting ruck saw the first of 2 Didcot yellow cards for the day, as a player was sin-binned for side-entry.
The change in possession saw the ball sprayed out to the right by the Shire Hall Backs, with Matt Rowlandson drawing in both centres. This left a gap for 13, Rory Buckley to charge through. Contact was taken on the far side of the pitch and the mobile Shire Hall pack cleared, recycled and after a little pop pass, prop Matt Margot was over for the first score. Matt seemed to be a victim of his own success though and popped his knee out in the process (clearly too fast for his own good). He was helped to the sideline but made a triumphant return in the last 15 minutes.
The expected Didcot retaliation was swift, and pushed Shire Hall back inside their 22. The Didcot forwards ran hard and almost broke the Shire Hall defence. Thankfully with the wind to their back, the home team cleared down the pitch and slowly pushed the game back to the middle of the field.
A few minutes before half time Shire Hall were pushing on the Didcot try line again. After an outrageous Adam Bishop dummy, Jack Proctor ran a great hooker’s line and went through the defensive wall unopposed. He dotted down beneath the posts to allow kicker Rhys Stewart a nice easy conversion.
The half time whistle went and the score was 12-0 to Shire Hall. The second half would do nothing to affect the scoreline. But it was not without its fair share of action either.
The second half saw long periods of defensive work for Shire Hall. Just as they had been camped on the Didcot 5 metre line in the first half, Shire Hall found themselves on the receiving end. Scrum after scrum and rolling maul after rolling maul were hotly contested with neither side giving an inch. A good 10 minute spell culminated in a timely disruption by flanker Adam Bishop to allow Shire Hall to clear their lines.
Shortly after, Didcot picked up their second yellow card for dangerous tackle, but Shire Hall couldn’t make the extra man count.
The game ended with Shire Hall on the front foot, but they knew they had been given a run for their money! Defensive efforts by both sides were huge, but Shire Hall had managed to convert more of the opportunities that came their way.
The hot showers afterwards felt particularly good that day.

Massive congratulations to Neil Evans for hitting 400 caps…Clearly requiring dick of the day status. Man of the match was Rich for his epic work rate and commitment.

Selection for Saturday 31st January vs Didcot (Home)

Opposition: Didcot
Competition: League
Venue: Home
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time: 1.00pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)

Dress: No 1s
Item: A Certificate for 400 Caps for Shire Hall RFC

1 Neil Evans (400th Game)
2 Jack Proctor
3 Matt Margot
4 Andrew Carson
5 Mike Jerstice
6 David Lloyd-Williams (C)
7 Richard Clarke
8 Tom Birch
9 Aaron Walters
10 Rhys Thomas
11 Rhys Stewart
12 Matt Rowlandson
13 Rory Buckley
14 Chris Merrick
15 Alex Webb

16 Adam Bishop
17 Stuart Burgess
18 Luke Barefoot
19 Tim O’Sullivan
20 Harry Gyamfi

Selection for Saturday 17th January vs Harwell (Home)

Opposition: Harwell
Competition: League
Venue: Home
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Meet Time: 1.00pm (players that arrive later than the meet time will be asked to donate £5 to our tour fund)

Dress: No 1s
Item: A Pinned Badge

1 Neil Evans
2 Matt Doughty
3 Matt Margot
4 Mike Jerstice
5 Will Robinson
6 David Lloyd-Williams (C)
7 Adam Bishop
8 Tom Birch
9 Sam Watkins
10 Rhys Thomas
11 Luke Barefoot
12 Matt Rowlandson
13 Rory Buckley
14 Rhys Stewart
15 Alex Webb

16 Tom Smith
17 Stuart Burgess
18 Chris Merrick
19 Andrew Carson
20 Harry Gyamfi