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Bishop's Stortford Colts beat Shelford in National Cup



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Bishop's Stortford Colts won a bruising battle in the first round of the National Cup when they beat Shelford 26-15.

In a tense encounter played before a 100-plus crowd at Silver Leys on Sunday, the young Stortford side edged the game against their Cambridgeshire rivals.

First-half tries from Archie Racey and Henry Walker – with one conversion by Racey – saw the home side narrowly 12-7 ahead at the break.

Bishop's Stortford Colts advanced in the National Cup by beating Shelford (52159547)
Bishop's Stortford Colts advanced in the National Cup by beating Shelford (52159547)

The second half was just as close with further tries from Oscar Wilson and Walker again. Racey converted both of them.

But Stortford had to see off a late Shelford rally after scrum-half Fin Quinn was yellow-carded by the referee leaving just 14 home players on the pitch at a crucial time.

Joint coaches Dave Macfie, Steve Hearn and Austin Pope were delighted with their team's performance.

Macfie said: "What was particularly pleasing was the number of lads who weren't picked for the squad who turned up to support their team-mates."

The next round will be played on Sunday October 24 against yet-to-be-confirmed opponents.



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