Chew Valley RFC lose division playoff

By Andrew Tanner in Rugby

Collompton will play their rugby in South West 1 West next season followng their win at Chew Valley on the playoff decider.

It might have turned out differently for the hosts in front of a record crowd had early chances been converted. With various estimates suggesting aproaching 700 in attendance and record bar takings, the young Chew Valley side will learn from the experience and come back stronger next year.

No 8 Sam Harris was at the end of a driving maul for the visitors first score after 10 minutes and flanker Sean Mordel added a second on 18 minutes but it was the injury to home centre Joe Cowell that might have knocked back the hosts more than the score. Whilst lacking nothng in defence, the cutting edge in attack was lacking from Chew Valley.

Pearce added a penalty on 29 minutes and the best try of the match scored by fullback Toms’ gave Collumpton 22 - 0 cushion at half time.

The Chew Valley cause was not helped when Richad Light in the second row, their man source of lneout ball was forced off with a knock to the head and possesion for the hosts was a problem in the luneout and scrum thereafter. Dave Harris n the right wing for the visitors took the score to 29 without reply and it could have gone nadly theroafter but for the spirit of the Chew Valley side.

Three yellow cards in the second half showed how much pressure Collumpton were under and tries from JJ Wring in the corner and flanker Luke Sparkes Brown showed the character of the Chew Valley side who kept going to the end.

Chew Valley 12 Collmpton 29.

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