Chipping Sodbury hold on for win in local derby

November 28 2017

Frampton Cotterell - 21 v Chipping Sodbury – 25

 

Frampton Cotterell - 21 v Chipping Sodbury – 25

The opening few minutes of this close encounter were odd for the fact that the game hardly moved away from the halfway line. The first chance came when Sodbury’s Dom Pullen intercepted the ball just 5 metres inside the Frampton half, breaking the solo defender’s tackle on his way in to score. Dan Bradley converted.

Bradley was soon back in action to convert a penalty in front of Frampton’s posts.

Sodbury were then guilty of relaxing. They failed to stop a lineout drive which went nearly 20m, setting up a 10 minute period of Frampton pressure which ultimately led to a converted try. 

As the first half drew to a close Frampton once again started to cause Sodbury problems. Although the home sides attack lacked width they displayed raw power and a desire to score. For five frenetic minutes the Sods matched that desire. 

Very early in the second half Sodbury turned the ball over on Frampton’s 22. The ball found Bradley, who distributed wisely. Joe Horton thundered down the touchline and Bradley was on hand to take his pass and barge in at the corner.

Just minutes later, Sodbury engineered a move from their own 22; that saw Cook barge his way over the line despite several tackles. Bradley converted. 

Bradley then became the try scorer, evading five tacklers on his way before touching down.. 

Once more Sodbury foolishly relaxed as they realised they had a try bonus point. Frampton now battled back, scoring two tries to embarrass Sodbury somewhat. 

However, the Sods managed to stem the flow of Frampton points and breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle as they’d hung on for a 21-25 victory.