RUGBY: Cricklade veterans hold their own
11:01am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
NEW Cricklade lead coach Andy Sear had to turn to a number veterans due to non-availability of first-team players and his patched-up side could not hold on to Chippenham in the second half.
Dorset & Wilts Div 2 North
Chippenham III 22
Early play favoured Cricklade and they should have made more of their opportunities. Chippenham were tentative and didn’t like the visitors uncompromising tackles, but it was the home team who got the first points on the board via a penalty.
Cricklade continued to look the better team, but they failed to halt a Chippenham surge and another five points were added to the home team’s score.
Straight from the restart, however, Cricklade swamped the home side, and Dan Bown perfectly collected a chip behind the defence to touch down between the posts. Returning ex-captain Danny Lloyd easily converted to make the score 8-7 at half-time.
Cricklade lost their way and discipline in the second half and had the home team’s kicker been better the points difference could have been substantial.
After Chippenham built a 12-point lead, Cricklade reduced their expansive game and decided to retain possession and keep it close.
This resulted in veteran Simon Howse dancing through Chippenham’s defence, and the supporting Mitch Bryan carried the ball the last few yards; the conversion was missed.
However, time was running out and the anxiety showed in both sets of players.
A converted try for Cricklade would have given them a lucky draw, but the result was sealed by the hitherto tortured Chippenham kicker who slotted a terrific penalty kick from wide on the left.
Cricklade’s veterans had easily slipped back into the team, but the joints are not what they used to be and the speed was no longer there, either.
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