Tue 26 Nov 2019 18:38

Shire Hall made it 174 points in two weeks with another comprehensive league win. Whilst the game was technically a home walkover in view of the fact Slough couldn’t field a front row, both teams took to the pitch with a full fifteen.

In a similar vein to last weekend Shire Hall blew away the opposition in the first half with nine tries scored. Hands were slick even in the damp conditions with tries being ran in from all over the pitch - Luke Jellicoe, Stephane Margot, Jotham Kennington and Matt Margot all scored braces with Tom Gough pitching in too.

The second half saw Slough begin to frustrate Shire Hall as a couple of Shire players gamely stepped in for their injured opposite numbers. Still, a further five tries were ran in an abbreviated second half. Matt Margot completed his hattrick (and 16th try of the season) coaches Chris Harber and Nathan Bourke led by example coming off the bench and scoring, debutant Jack Murray slalomed his way down the touchline to score out wide, and Neil Evans finished the rout from the back of a rolling maul.

In spite of the high score and largely clinical execution there were a number of candidates for DOD. Tom Gough high-shotting team mate Harry Stubbs as he fulfilled his lifelong dream of turning out for Slough was a little excessive, whilst Will Jellicoe’s attempted kicking from hand left much to be desired as did Matt Margot’s shanked drop goal conversions. Rhys Stewart eventually took the honour as he knocked the ball over the Slough try line when all he had to do was drop on it. Jotham Kennington was awarded the MOM following his strong performance for Shire in the first half as well as the commitment he showed when turning out for Slough in the 2nd half (especially in driving Rhys Stewart a good 10 metres back and into touch).

Shire Hall travel to Tadley II in a fortnight which should mark a return to more competitive action and marks an opportunity to end the year within touching distance of top spot.

Tries: Matt Margot x3, Stephane Margot x2, Luke Jellicoe x2, Jothram Kennington x2, Tom Gough, Chris Harber, Nathan Bourke, Jack Murray, Neil Evans

Conversions: Matt Margot x4, Rhys Stewart x3