Melksham U16’s v Chippenham U16’s – Sunday 11 March 2018
After all the weather interruptions, it was great to see the lads have a run out in a competitive win over Melksham by 19-41 in the D&W Cup.
The recent weather has caused havoc with this season’s fixtures list and not helped with the preparations for some key matches at seasons end. Thankfully it was great to get this rescheduled match played at Melksham after the earlier one being called off due to flooding, even though it clashed with an academy event and therefore a few lads were missing. Regardless, a cracking match ensued.
Chippenham kicked off and had the benefit of the slope and a biting wind that blew diagonally from corner to corner down the pitch for the first half. The squad started strongly and it wasn’t long before they had Melksham pinned back and from an attacking lineout, which was superb all match, Oscar took the ball and scored the opener. 0-5. Chippenham put together some excellent phases and Dobbie, Alex and Morgan were close to scoring tries but then Melksham mounted some concerted attacks which required determined defence. This was duly delivered and soon defence became attack and from a lineout 10 m out from the Melksham tryline, Joel scored a cracking training ground try that was very nearly converted by Alex but it was 0-10. The speed of the attacks were now coming quicker than Faresaver buses and after a great sweeping move, aptly Tom P scored a good try after nearly having his head taken off.. 0-15. Melksham showed massive determination, spurred on by their coaches and the linesman who kept offering vocal encouragement. More solid defence was turned into Chippenham attack and next a great attack down the line by Eddie was finished off with a nice try under the sticks from Tim. The conversion from Alex made it 0-22 but the best play of the half was left till last when a perfectly weighted pass from Dobbie opened up a gap for Ben W to charge through and score an outstanding try. Alex converted this one and the excellent Referee blew for half time with the match at 0-29.
The score might have been one-sided but Melksham had showed huge determination up front and posed threats across the back line but Chippenham had played well.
The second half started with Chippenham making a number of changes but the same intensity was shown in bucket loads. The lads started strongly up the slope and nailed a number of cracking tackles, with Will in the vanguard. We hope the Melksham player that got injured recovers soon. Melksham used the conditions well and soon they bashed through and scored their first try. The wind was causing problems and after a bit of a mess clearing, Melksham scored again, which was converted making it 12-29. Chippenham regrouped under Captain Tim and using swift hands and bags of pace, the created space for Will to score out wide. Alex made an excellent conversion leaving it 12-36 but it wasn’t long before the determined and skilful Melksham struck back with a converted try 19-36. The game became a bit frantic with both sides trying to impose themselves at the breakdown and a few stoppages through injuries. Chippenham were the ones to grab hold of the game and pinned Melksham back and winning a couple of penalties. From one of these Ben B took the crash ball and very nearly scored but was held up over the line. From the 5m scrum, Chippenham produced a dynamic attack that saw Tim cap off a great performance with the final try. As Alex was off the pitch, Jake had a crack at the extras and got pretty close for a hooker!! The Referee blew for full time and Chippenham had won 19-41.
Many thanks to Melksham for a cracking game and hospitality and we wish you well in the season ahead. Next Sunday its scheduled to be the Bristol Combination Cup Final against Dings but this will be confirmed by the coaches during the week.