Chippenham RFC 3rd V Avonvale
Familiar season pattern repeated, great effort against table toppers.
Chippenham gathered on this lovely spring day at Allington field, but had to re-adjust due to the non appearance of Gus Bailey so we borrowed a Avonvale player for wing duties cheers John Miles for the offer. So Chippenham knew the job ahead would be tough against this well drilled table toppers and having the luxury of 25+ players!! So Avonvale were swiftly into try scoring mode scoring a lovely backs try. Chippenham had to keep it tight but found it difficult to set any pattern. Avonvale scored a brace tries. Time to dig deep set piece we more than held our own from a great scrum position Matt Wray went blind bundled into touch. Scrums we pushed the Avonvale pack backwards all day, later their coach congratulated our scrum pity you don't a get a bonus point or two for that!!! Martin Schrader was rolling back the years at hooker, Tom Spence moving to the flank and Leigh Lawrence was showing his versatility slotting into the second row. Avonvale finished the half with a couple of tries. Half time came with Tom Case having to leave through shoulder injury replaced by an Avonvale player. The second half continued much in the same pattern with Avonvale scoring at will. Chippenham had to keep it tight and not give away possession but were unable too, errors were creeping in which Avonvale capitalized on. Chippenham were awarded penalty just outside 22 m but declined a slot at posts. Avonvale player at fullback for Chippenham committed a foul on the ground kicking out and nearly saw yellow but for the intervention of cpt Wheeler and Avonvale coach great empathy by the referee. Avonvale yet again scored. Chippenham did finish strong determined to get an Adams push over try but were unsuccessful on a number of occasions and Avonvale had the last say but came up short.
Final Score Chippenham 0 Avonvale 78.
Man of the match: Leigh Lawrence.
Great effort from every one, 3 game left so maximum effort required.
Thank you to referee good game. Also cheers John Miles.
Next game: 1st April away to Bath Saracens meet 1315 pm