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Your News Bletchley 22 - Chippenham 28

Chippenhams first team returned to winning ways with a fine away result at Bletchley. Still struggling with a long injury lists, the visitors finished the match with just thirteen players and having to defend their try-line from a team hell bent on snatching a victory.

For watching coach, Rob Alford, it was do or die match. He said; This was easily a match we could have lost. Although we are struggling with injuries, and that is not an excuse, we seemed to lose confidence and that is a mystery. We have been top of the league since game one of this season, so confidence levels should be high. But at half-way through the second half, our confidence went and we could have lost the match.

He went on; We also had three players sin-binned through the match. Darren McMillans decision on balance, was probably a bit harsh but John Whiteman and John Angell can have no argument. The decisions were justified and we were lucky that the referee didnt award a penalty try which would have seen Bletchley win the game right at the end.

Chippenham went 0-3 up with a Lee Audis penalty and they then gave away a try and the lead after some sloppy defending. John Whiteman however,restored Chippenhams lead with a try which was converted by Audis. 5-10 CRFC>

The lead was stretched to 5-15 as John Boddington scored an unconverted try and just before the half-time whistle, Bletchley came back again to reduce the lead with a second try. Chippenham then conceded a soft penalty and from the resulting catch and drive lineout, Bletchley scored in the corner.

At the whistle, Chippenham had a 12-15 lead but it was anyones game at this point.

Just after the restart, Chippenhams Karl Brant scored a fine try which gave the visitors a comfortable lead at 12-20. Audis added a penalty for Chippenham and at this stage in the game, Chippenham should have been even more comfortable with a 12-23 lead.

But from the restart after Audiss penalty kick, Chippenham totally fluffed up their game and once again, gifted Bletchley a very soft try.

Boddington then added his second try of the game, and at 17-28, Chippenham should have had this game wrapped up. But Bletchley came back again at the visitors and replied with their third try of the game to reduce the deficit to 22-28.

Chippenham spent the last ten minutes with their backs against the wall as Bletchley threw everything at them. The pressure told and Whiteman and John Angell were both despatched to the sin-bin within minutes of each other.

Whiteman for hands in the ruck and Angell for pulling down the maul. As a result, Chippenham had to play the last ten minutes with thirteen players and it must have been the longest ten minutes ever for the remaining players on the pitch.

Bletchley were virtually camped on the Chippenham tryline for this last period of the game only to have their efforts thwarted by the referees whistle for the end of the game.

Alford was relieved to hear the whistle. He said; A big plus for us from this game was being reduced to thirteen players and the boys defended like Trojans. When the chips were down and they needed to dig in, they stuck at it with heroic defending and got the result.

Next week Chippenham play near neighbours and local rivals, Walcot at Allington Field and with Cheltenham beating Salisbury on Saturday, the remaining four games of the season are must win for Chippenham.

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