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Guthrie seals late Chelmsford win
12:24pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Local Sport
CHELMSFORD 21 ROCHFORD 17
RUGBY: This proved to be thrilling encounter with Chelmsford sealing the win in the depths of time added on.
Rochford came into the game unbeaten in the league whereas Chelmsford had narrowly lost their previous two games.
Chelmsford took the game to the visitors straight from the kick-off, exerting considerable pressure against a well organised defence.
It was no after suprise when Rochford were penalised and Sid Hoult kicked the penalty to put Chelmsford 3-0 ahead.
Rochford were soon on the attack and after 17 minutes were awarded a penalty for offside which was duly kicked to even the score.
The Chelmsford pack were much improved in the tight than in previous weeks.
The Rochford backs were quick and well organised and following a quick ball the Rochford inside centre cut through to score under the posts for a converted try.
Chelmsford hit back with Hoult kicking another penalty just before half time to make it 6-10.
Playing down the slope but against the wind in the second half, Chelmsford were now favourites to take the game.
This certainly looked likely when Chelmsford scored the best try of the game. The ball was won by the Chelmsford forwards some 50 yards from the try line, a miss move in the centre saw Hoult coming in from fullback to time his pass to Jim Guthrie who galloped into score in the corner for an unconverted try.
A penalty was awarded for obstruction, shortly later, which Hoult duly kicked and it looked as if the game had swung Chelmsford’s way.
Rochford had other plans and again their talented backs outmanoeuvred the Chelmsford defence to score and retake the lead 14- 17 with 20 minutes to go.
The next ten minutes saw Rochford camped on the Chelmsford line. They refused to take several penalties when they could have gone for points taking five yard scrums instead.
The Chelmsford defence was resolute with big tackles coming from all players, Triggs, Robinson and Venn all young players making their mark.
Eventually Chelmsford managed to get the ball into their opponents 22 metre area. With minutes to go it looked as if Chelmsford had scored when the ball left the back of the scrum and Venn dived onto the ball over the line. The referee had seen a previous knock on and disallowed the try.
Eventually with the last move of the game the ball came to Jim Guthrie, the way looked blocked, but he found a gap to bulldoze his way for the winning converted try.
Eddie Gooby, the Chelmsford coach, was delighted with the response of the players, following last week’s defeat.
He said: “They showed great control today and the defence was excellent.
“It has set us up for next week’s game against Braintree.
“This looks a very open league this year and no one will come to Coronation Park and get an easy game.”
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