Chineham RFC

Chineham 31 - Tottonians 19

Tries; Goodman, Circou, Soper, Athroll, Dorling Cons; Soper (3) MOTM; Ben Mansfield DOTD; Jordan Hilan

The lions followed up on their previous victory

The lions followed up their victory at Bognor last time out with another commanding performance. Despite a scrappy start, Ben Goodman opened the scoring with a delightful chip and chase from deep. The lions extended their lead through a strong finish from Phil Circou out wide after some strong carries through the midfield. Their lead was further extended when Jack Soper broke from the halfway line to finish under the sticks. A contentious score from the visitors brought the half to a close at 19-7.

Chineham extended their lead shortly after the break, Sam Athroll hat easing his farmer heritage to power over off the back of the dominant Chineham scrum. Totts hit back again to set up a nervy finale but Chris Dorling scattered the defenders like a bowling ball to dot down in the corner and despite another contentious score from the visitors to finish the scoring, Chineham ran out of comfortable winners. The lions make the short trip to Rotherwick to take on Hook & Odiham next week.

Bognor started the second half strongly, capitalising on some hesitancy at the breakdown due score out wide. Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly squashed, with Mansfield finishing after a period of consistent offending by the hosts. This kick-started a purple patch for the Lions, with a loop from Soper allowing Matt Lingham to score under the sticks, converted by Jacob. This was swiftly followed by another Lingham score, the fly-half showing his strength to bulldoze through the midfield. The Lions continued to apply the pressure, and after another strong scrum by the Chineham pack, Mansfield wriggled and wrestled his way over to complete his hat trick. Bognor managed to secure the final score of the game out wide but it finished 32-10 to the Lions.

Man of the match a closely run thing, with outstanding performances from 1-14. Chris Heywood and Spencer Taylor anchoring the scrum all day long, Pat O’Brien rolling back the years with a dominant set piece performance, Lee Rudden and Mike Amor being juggernauts in the row, Mikey Jacob and Sam Athroll dominating in the loose and Eddie Savory looking brutal in his first match in the forwards. With Soper, Lingham, Mansfield and Scoble running all over the Bognor midfield, Nathan Hitchings covering a huge area defensively and Joe Belcher jinking and weaving all over the pitch in his full debut. Ultimately Mansfield hat trick gave him the slight nudge, alongside an assured and committed defensive performance.

Dick of the day another well-contested award, with Amor’s grubber into touch just nudging Soper slotting one into Belcher’s head with the try line beckoning.

The lions are back in action next week, in the rearranged fixture against Aldershot and Fleet, hope to see a big crowd down to support the boys after their heroic performance yesterday.

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