Another single score decides this local derby
A game that was infuenced by some bizzare referreeing Warwickshire style when the score did not reflect the home dominance in difficult conditions.
Chew Valley 17 Winscombe 14
Exchange referree Martin Sly from the Warwickshire Society caused players and spectators alike to question his interpretation of the laws as early as the fourth minute of this local derby. His decision to show a yellow card for a headbutt by the Winscombe 17 because 'it was too early for a red' set the tone.
Chew Valley showed they had all of the ideas in the early exchanges and went 10 nil up with a Charles Shallcross try and a Tom Bryan conversion and penalty within 11 minutes. The conditions deteriorated as the pitch cut up to provide a challenge for Director of Grass Chris Light. The first scrum came on 20 minutes which was a testament to the handlng skills of both sides as they attempted to put width on the ball.
Chew Valley had the better kicking game with Bryan making good ground with both penalty and kicks off first phase while Winscombe 10 Jim Murrayfield did not give his forwards similar encouragement.
Winscombes attacking game was snuffed out by the home defence and their tries came when Chew Valley made mistakes. When Bryan reacted to the third late tackle on him unpunished, a penalty advanced 10 for chat was taken as the scrum option. With the scrum up but not moving the referree awarded a penalty try on 45 minutes.
Chew Valley upped the tempo and were rewarded with a penalty to the corner on 65 minutes. Off the linout maul, hooker Luke Sparkes Brown made ground supported by replacement loosehead Liam Houlihan, ball put through the hands found Bryan who had the pace to outflank the defence for a crucial try which he converted.
With time up, prop Reg Parfitt was randomly yellow carded after two scrums had to be reset and shortly afterwards, just to make it interesting, another penalty try with the scrum up but not moving on the five metre line gave Winscombe the sniff of an unnexpected result.
Chew Valley saw out the rest of the half which, with no significant stoppages, extended to to beyond an hour and with other results in their favour they have put distance between them and the chasmg pack for a playoff place.