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11
OCT

It’s always a test for a side when they have to travel a long way for games, and Saturday was no different as Chesham Rugby Club travelled to Wheatley for their fifth league game in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Championship. With only one substitute Chesham were always going to struggle, but they arrived in plenty of time and put themselves through a strenuous and intense warm-up.

The Stags felt the benefit from the whistle as they dominated the breathless and fast paced opening minutes. Chesham’s set piece was working well and they soon put the first points on the board. A fantastic offloading game saw quick ball to fly-half Ross Leek. He put his captain Gareth Wehrle into space who then released Tom Hirst, playing out of position at wing, to go over for a converted try. Chesham did not rest on their laurels and continued to build on their impressive start. Strong running from Ollie Cato and the front row of Nick Deans, Matt Lovett and Simon Harris began to make impression in the Wheatley defence. Outside Centre Phil Cornhill took advantage to make a fine break and superb hands from several of the team set Alex Jaycocks clear. The winger showed his pace to round the cover defence and go over for an unconverted try. The move also saw a Wheatley player sin-binned for swinging a leg at Cornhill as he sailed past the defence.

Chesham were not done with the half and continued to turn the screw. Scrum-half Chris Cheeld took clean lineout ball from lock Jonny Reynolds, and superb handling through the backs saw Olly Jaycocks take a lovely inside ball from his brother. The full-back slid through the defence and showed that he could match his brother’s pace to sprint forty metres and continue his scoring frenzy this season. The Stags had controlled the game up to this point, but miscommunication between the half backs saw a clearance kick charged down, gifting Wheatley a try close to the posts. Unfortunately for the home side a strong cross wind had picked up and the conversion was pulled wide. Chesham led 17-5 at the break and introduced hooker Warren Gilmore into the front row for Matt Lovett.

The Stags began the second half eager to collect more points, but Wheatley had found their feet and began to disrupt Chesham’s set piece. Chesham fell afoul of the strong wind with some lineouts going astray while Wheatley’s scrum stepped up and started to match the Chesham pack. The visitors were strengthened by two players making their way late from Chesham, with James Leek taking over in the engine room from Ben Harry. The Stags were then able to settle into the game and fly-half Ross Leek took the opportunity to show his skills. A deft chip over the defence was re-gathered and a quick pass to the supporting Cornhill saw the centre go through untouched, with Leek adding the extras.

Nick Jones took over from Wehrle for the final ten minutes, and the captain’s departure saw Chesham’s discipline begin to slip. The visitors began to give away some silly penalties and Wheatley took advantage to run the ball at the Stag’s defence. Despite the disorganisation Chesham’s defence held firm, with Pete Reynolds and Jones doing particularly well to slow down Wheatley’s ball. With Wheatley knocking on Olly Jaycocks looked to launch a final attack, but made the wise decision to clear the ball into touch with the bonus point win secured, putting Chesham up to fifth in the table.

Man of the match was named as Ross Leek for his control of the game and solid defence all afternoon while captain Gareth Wehrle was just pleased to get a win under his belt; “We started strongly and the lads did really well to bounce back from a big defeat last weekend. We competed in every aspect of the game and had control for the majority.” He added; “We showed just how well we can function and there are plenty of positives to take from the game. A bonus point win was the best we could have asked for and it was fantastic to see three pairs of home-grown Chesham brothers on the pitch at once; with the Jaycocks, Leeks, and Reynolds all having strong games.” The Stags now take a week’s break before looking to secure more league points on their home turf against Abingdon.

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