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11
MAR

Chippenham’s first team remain on course for a league title with a win, albeit a best forgotten one, at Allington Field on Saturday. The game was littered with mistakes and errors from both teams and for those watching the game, it was not entertaining rugby.

For watching coach, Nick Corrigan, it was not all doom and gloom. He said; ‘Overall, I thought this was a solid performance from the boys. I thought John Angell was outstanding. We have progressed throughout the season with our aims towards South West One which sets out the bench mark for next season.’

For first team Manager, Robbie Spiers, there was also some positives to take from the game. He said; ‘We had to put a much re-shuffled side today and it was difficult to find our cohesion in the first half.’

Walcot kicked off and early pressure from Chippenham was rewarded with a penalty. Scrum-half, Lee Audis slotted over the conversion and the home side were the first to put points on the board. After these initial points, further such points were very hard to find.

Both teams were guilty of making too many errors and the playing conditions cannot be blamed as they were the same for each.

Chippenham played with the wind at their backs for the first half and they really should have made more of this advantage. The opening exchanges were scrappy with neither side able to show any kind of rhythm or shape nor gain any kind of dominance.

Gradually though, the home side began to try and take control and Chippenham enjoyed a short period of pressure with Walcot struggling to defend. Chippenham made life difficult for themselves and for all the pressure, they were not able to convert this into points. At the same time, there was an ugly under-current with some players more concerned with non-rugby related incidents.

Against the run of play, and after Chippenham had spent a considerable amount of the first half in the Walcot half of the pitch, the visitors were cmaped on the Chippenham try-line. It was the turn of Walcot to enjoy a period of pressure and Chippenham struggling to contain them. But the Chippenham defence held out and the moment of panic passed.

Chippenham then turned defence into attack and were soon back in the Walcot half. Although the standard of rugby fell well short of what was perhaps expected, the weather did not help. With a swirling wind and driving rain, the pitch became greasy on top and the ball equally greasy and therefore difficult to handle.

At the half-time break, the score remained at 3-0 to the home side.

The second half saw Chippenham attack right from the restart and drive towards the Walcot try-line. An interception by Walcot was knocked forward but this could have been costly for Chippenham and changed the direction of the game.

Despite the relentless pressure from Chippenham, the Walcot defence showed some herois defending which in turn, frustrated the home side.

AN injury to a Walcot player meant a long stoppage which gave both teams the chance to gather their thoughts and when play resumed, for the spectators, the agony continued.

But from the gloom, there came a ray of light. A break by Chippenham’s John Boddington, caught Walcot off-guard. He drove forward, off-loaded to the supporting centre, Gary Champion, who finally crossed the line for the only try of the match. Audis added the conversion.

With just five minutes to go, Chippenham had finally woken up and looked like they had turned up for this match. Their efforts were too late and as the light began to fade and the rain continued to fall, the referee blew the final whistle signalling the end of a very dour, drab game. For all concerned, that whistle was a welcome relief.

Man of the Match; John Angell

Points;

Tries; Gary Champion

COnverions; Audis

Penalties; Audis

Team;

C Waddell, D McMillan, G Champion, R Crockett, T Boreham, G Trewartha, L Audis, J Angell, S Gun, P Kirby, J Santer, A Price, M Bye, R Surry and J BOddington.

Replacements;

Martin Shrader, Kevin Thornton, Karl Brant

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