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MATCH REPORT. THREE COUNTIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP AT GREAT SHELFORD, CAMBRIDGE ON SUNDAY 1ST APRIL 2012Wymondham, Colchester and Shelford were to play each other in 3 games of half an hour each to decide the Championship. There was a chill in the air, but the sun was shining. The bouncing ball, with a mind of its own, on a very hard pitch, troubled all the teams. The depleted Wymondham side played in the second and third games with Charlie Blower at scrum half and Lewis at fly.GAME 1Shelford 20Colchester 17An exciting game to watch with disciplined play on both sides. The aggressive (over-aggressive?) Shelford side had a player sent off for fighting and the score was level until the last moments of the match when Shelford converted a difficult penalty to win. The significance of this last kick of the match would later become apparent.GAME 2Wymondham 15Colchester 5A typical disciplined Wymondham start with possession kept through a series of break downs until Lewis scored a good try without Colchester getting a touch on the ball. Charlie?s conversion attempt is thwarted when the ball falls off the T during his run up !Dom Smith scores again and some determined defence on the Wymondham line see us leading by 2 unconverted tries at half time. Some good kicking by Charlie B. keeps Colchester pinned back in their half and then a fantastic spell of passing play between Dom S, Ryan and Casey sees Casey over the line for our third try.More very determined defence on our line keeps Colchester from scoring although Dan Woods becomes a casualty with a twisted knee injury.Colchester score a try with their bulldozer in the last minutes.A great result.ScoreresTries: Lewis 1, Dom S 1, Casey 1GAME 3Shelford 38Wymondham 7A little out of breath perhaps after a hard game against Colchester, Wymondham enter the fray with a spring in their step.Wymondham?s kick-off ball is caught by a Shelford three-quarter who nimbly sprints down the wing to score within 30 seconds. A bit of a shock.Probably because they are so used to winning, a determined counter-attack plan did not seem to be in Wymondham?s arsenal. Heads went down and confidence drained.I will draw a veil over the next part of the match, but suffice is to say that Shelford ran in a further four tries raising serious doubts about Wymondham?s commitment in the tackle.But?.. lo and behold, in the last quarter of the match, the tide is stemmed, Shelford are kept at bay and Dom S. runs in a battling try from a long way out, converted by Charlie. See Wymondham, you can do it!Shelford were, I think, deserving winners, but, if we had not let doubt creep into our game, the score line on this last match should have been much more equal.Well done guys for keeping your heads ups against the undepleted Cambridge County winners.Scorers: Dom S. Try 1. Conversion Charlie Blower 1.