Last second heartache for 1XV
report from 'The Puff'
Camp Hill’s quest for their first league win of 2018 continues after a narrow defeat to a resilient Hereford team. The home side left nothing on the field as they strived for the victory especially in the last quarter of the game when they were camped in the opposition 22.
The early action was an exchange of penalty attempts and whilst the first one from Hereford went wide, an ambitious attempt from Ian Briggs from between the 10-metre line and half way sailed over the posts to give Camps an early lead.
After a scrappy passage of play Hereford were awarded a penalty in front of the home posts and caught the home defence on the hop with a quick tap and and a simple try and conversion.
Camps missed a reasonable penalty chance before another penalty for Hereford was kicked deep into the Camp Hill 22 and from the resultant lineout the visiting pack carried the ball over for the hooker to score the try. The conversion attempt hit the post.
Camps came back strongly and after a passage of excellent handling in the wet conditions Hereford conceded a penalty in a kickable position and Briggsy reduced the deficit by 3 points.
Camps then used another penalty to set up a line out in the Hereford 22 and although the forwards were thwarted by another penalty initially a repeat attempt was finished off by Adam Pinfield who managed to fight his way over to score. With the conversion missed the game was evenly poised at half time with Camps trailing by one.
Although they started the second half in positive vein, Camps were unable to turn this into points. The nearest thy came to scoring was a penalty attempt from Briggsy which faded away from the posts. From the restart, however, the ball was allowed to bounce and the Hereford winger was able to pick up and carry the ball deep into the Camps half and when a penalty was conceded Camps found themselves facing another 5-metre lineout. The Hereford maul worked again and the try took the visitors 6 points clear.
That was the only attacking opportunity Hereford had in the second half and for the final quarter they were engaged in desperate defence.
Harry Cunningham nearly went over with a typical sniping run and the introduction of debutant Reece Chapman-Carry gave the home side another hard running option, which nearly bore fruit on another couple of occasions.
In the final quarter of an hour Camps battered away at the Hereford defence which conceded no less than nine penalties in their own 22.One late yellow card seemed scant sanction for the persistent infringements.
Then with the last play of the game Jordan Oliver burst through to touch down close to the posts only for the referee to whistle for a perceived forward pass.
If points were awarded for courage and commitment Camps would not be in a relegation battle but the fact is they need to start turning performances into results to remain at this level.
The next opportunity comes at Stourbridge Lions next Saturday.
We hope that we can muster the level of support that we took there last year.
The Baldwin, Hall Green - Man of The Match, as presented by Vice Chairman Martyn Powis went Stephen Halbert (pic)