Chinnor hold on to the their home record
The Titans ran the league leaders close but will rue the missed opportunites.
Taunton Titans headed to Chinnor to try and break the home sides 24 month unbeaten home record but fell just short of toppling the league leaders.
With greasy conditions it was Chinnor that made the perfect start going over in the corner after just two minutes scored by winger Phil Chesters but the conversion by former Cornish Pirate John Bentley was missed. Bentley made amends 10 minutes later when he kicked a penalty in front of the posts to give Chinnor an 8 point lead.
The rest of the half was the Titans attack against Chinnors defence and it was the defence that had the upper hand with the Titans making too many mistakes with the ball in hand to allow the home side to clear their lines. Taunton were making line breaks and forcing the home side back and as the half drew to a close the visitors had one more chance to get some points in the first half but with only a couple of meters from the try line the ball was knocked on and the half time whistle blown.
It was once again the home side that started the brightest and went over for their 2nd try once again scored wide out this time by winger Jamel Hamilton, again Bentley missed the conversion. With still 30 minutes left to play Taunton went on the attack to try and close the gap and managed to control the ball a lot more but again failed to capitalise on the pressure. After a couple of warnings from the referee for the home side the Titans managed to force their way over with prop James Kenny on the end of some fine forward drives. Toby East converted from a wide angle to bring Taunton to one converted try behind.
The Titans now had the upper hand but several poor lineouts close to the opposition line where they could have forced their way over helped Chinnor relieve the pressure and close the game out. Taunton will be disappointed with their performance after coming so close to claiming the Chinnor home record especially as it was their own mistakes that were their downfall.
Although this was one that got away you have to credit to Chinnor who aren’t at the top of the league for nothing for stopping the Taunton attack. The Titans coaches can take some positives out of the game with Jack Claydon starting his first game in over 18 months and Paul Davis getting better and better each week after both had long layoffs with injuries. Taunton face their 3rd test in as many weeks when they host 2nd place Cinderford next weekend and will be desperate to keep the leading two in their sights and not let them move further ahead before the half way mark of the season.