Chipping Sodbury edge local rivals

May 03 2017

Chipping Sodbury 1st XV – 21 Frampton Cotterell 1st XV – 15

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Chipping Sodbury 1st XV – 21     Frampton Cotterell 1st XV – 15

The Ridings’ pitch was in good condition and bathed in glorious sunshine as Chipping Sodbury welcomed local rivals Frampton. This was the third game in eight days for Sodbury who were looking for a victory to maintain pressure on the two teams above them in the league. 

The home side started confidently enough with strong communication and huge physical commitment and creativity. 

Sodbury had an early let-off when a penalty kick from 25m out to the left of the posts ricocheted off an upright into the safe hands of Farthing. Sodbury then withstood a 15 minute barrage as the visitors bashed away fruitlessly at the home defence.

After 30 frenetic minutes and with the scoreboard untroubled Sodbury finally managed to string together multiple phases, most of them in Frampton’s 22. Cool heads and control of the ball saw the final pass swung long and wide to Horton who scored. Bradley converted. 

Sodbury completely bungled the restart and lost their cool heads as Frampton, quickest to react, went in for a try wide on the left. Sodbury kicked to the visitors who were found wanting as they knocked on. From the ensuing scrum the Sodbury eight pushed their counterparts backwards. Horton was sent charging deep into the Frampton defensive line and the ball recycled rapidly to Bradley. Sodbury’s no10 is in a rich vein of form and his easy running style carried him to the try line. He also converted to see Sodbury 14-5 up at the break. 

The second half started as the first half ended with a kick-off knock on by Frampton and a try for Sodbury. The ball went through six phases and during a keen contest Frampton conceded another scrum on the 5m line. Ryan Halford whipped the ball away. On hand was Cook who from 10m and with just one defender to beat had no problem in finishing the move. Bradley again converted. 

The lactic acid was building up in the Sodbury players as the game entered the final quarter. Frampton picked the Sodbury pocket at a lineout and stole in for a try.  Some 15 minutes later they got field position from Sodbury’s ill discipline as they exploited a series of penalties that ended in their third try. Sodbury won the match but with nothing like they had hoped for.  Their oppositions place kicker will rue missing 12 points.