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Your News Old Albanians Ladies 17 - Chesham Ladies 12

Chesham Women made the trip to Old Albanians on Sunday for an RFUW National Challenge South East North One league fixture. With both sides struggling for numbers, the captains agreed to reduce each side to twelve players. This would free up a lot of space on the pitch, suiting Chesham's fast runners against the Old Albanian Saint's defence. However, the weather conditions would also be a significant factor as the heat was sure to tire both sides.

Chesham started the game strongly, but struggled to retain possession in the rucks. The backs were looking sharp with the ball in hand but were struggling to find the space to show their pace. Meanwhile, Old Albanians were attacking strongly and working through the phases. This was stretching the Chesham defence but excellent alignment and some committed tackling was holding Old Albanians out. Eventually Chesham were able to clear their lines and ease the pressure.

The visitor's set piece was also working well, the scrum was holding up and scrum-half Jane Morris was able to harass the Saint's defence. Chesham's lineout was also working wonders, with Nikitta Flynn securing her own ball and managing to steal and disrupt on the opposition's throw. Despite the strong aspects of Chesham's game, they were unable to secure possession for any periods of time and were reduced to defending for much of the first half.

Chesham's defence was still holding firm despite a number of Saint's half breaks, especially by their dangerous fly-half. Eventually the pressure told as a number of drives on the visitor's line saw the homes side score the first try deep into the first half. The score was unconverted to make it 5-0 at half time.

The second half continued in much the same vein for Chesham as they were forced to defend for long periods of play. However, they always threatened with their dangerous strike runners. Eventually Chesham were able to work the ball out wide and Alena Maksimuk showed her pace to burst through the defence and score under the posts. Unfortunately Rebecca Watts was unable to convert the try in a moment of strong wind, leaving the scores tied at 5-5.

Chesham's set piece continued to work well, and the back's moves were also incisive with numerous half breaks being made. Despite this, the visitors were unable to create any further scores. With play still being primarily in the Chesham half, the defence continued to hold firm, with Nicky Gross in particular putting in a number of strong tackles.

Chesham then managed to turn defence into attack, Flynn turned over the ball and it was quickly worked wide. With a number of offloads the ball found Charlotte Parry who was able to brush off several would-be tacklers and pass to the supporting Morris. The club's Mini and Junior Chair was then able to race clear of the defence to score a fifty meter try, converted by Watts to give Chesham the lead.

The remainder of the game saw Chesham attempting to hold out some determined Saint's attacks. With a greater number of substitutes on such a hot day, the home side's fresh legs eventually told as they wore down the Chesham defence. Old Albanians were able to level the scores with a converted try, before a strong effort in the final few minutes saw them take the win at the end of an impressive game.

"I'm so proud of the girls today, but ultimately we just didn't have enough possession to work with" said Captain Vicky Boorman. "Our defence held up well, and we know what we can do in attack, but we didn't get the ball to show what we're capable of." Players of the match were named as Charlotte Parry for her strong running and Rebecca Watts for her defensive organisation and counter attacking runs.

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