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South Woodham Ferrers 23 Chelmsford 19
12:22pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Local Sport
RUGBY: As with the previous week’s loss against Saffron Walden, this is a game Chelmsford should have gone on to win, after establishing a lead of 10-0 after just seven minutes of play.
But they were second best in the contact area and guilty of over elaborating in the three quarters, and just seemed to lose the desire and the initiative to win.
After the referee allowed play on for an infringement on the SWF try line, flanker Jamie Hines was on hand to dive over the line for a try, which was converted by full back Simon Hoult.
Shortly after this, Hoult increased the lead to 10-0, after Woodham were penalised for not rolling away. After half an hour Woodham were on the score sheet, when poor tackling from the Chelmsford three quarters, led their outside centre to score a well deserved try, which was duly converted.
Shortly after the restart, Woodham were penalised for being off their feet and Hoult kicked a terrific goal from the half way line to increase the lead to 13-7. Woodham then fought back after Chelmsford were caught offside and the lead was then reduced to three points.
The second half was only a minute old when following a clearance kick by Chelmsford, the line out was won by Woodham, and then playing the ball through the phases, the ball was spun out wide and Woodham’s number 8 was on hand to score a try in the left hand corner, which was duly converted to take SWF into a 17-13 lead. Chelmsford then suffered a further setback when they were penalised for holding on, and Woodham increased their lead to 20-13.
Chelmsford suddenly came to life midway through the second half and they began to put some attacks together, but they contributed to their own downfall, with either the pass being dropped or the last pass not going to hand.
Chelmsford kept themselves in the game when Hoult slotted over two penalties inside the space of five minutes to bring the score to 20-19.
When Chelmsford lost the ball at the back of a ruck, on their 22 metre line, and with just ten minutes to go, they effectively handed the initiative back to the home side and they found themselves struggling to get their hands on the ball.
Woodham continued to play the ball through the phases and keep the pressure on the visitors and despite both sides being reduced to 14 men in the latter stages of the game, Woodham sealed their win with a further penalty kick at goal to run out worthy winners on the day, by 23-19.
Coach Eddie Gooby said after the game: “I can’t believe, for the second week running, this group of talented players threw a game away with poor discipline and lack of ball control, especially in the contact area.
“During the week we spoke about this and then worked on it at training so only the individual and then collectively as a squad we can put this right.
“At times we played some great rugby but too many players lost their focus again and to lose a 10-0 lead is not acceptable at this level.”
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