Quick start helps Sodbury to win
Chosen Hill F.P. 28-33 Chipping Sodbury
After a week off from the rigours of League rugby, Sodbury resumed their campaign away to Chosen Hill F.P. The rest seemed to have done them the world of good as they collectively put their slow start to recent games behind them.
Sodbury scored within 90 seconds of the start, Dan Cole surging through a gap and finding Jon Cook who swept in for the try from halfway.
All this took place in the first 90 seconds of the game, but Chosen Hill came back at Sodbury and forced them into a period of feverish defence.
Dan Bradley relieved the pressure for Sodbury, he chased his grubber kick deep into the 22. Without breaking stride, he folded his 6’3” frame and scooped the ball up one-handed for a wonderful try.
Chosen Hill scored a try on the back of great continuity, but Sodbury soon struck back as their pack applied pressure at the scrum.
As the Chosen Hill no.8 at the back of the scrum scrambled for the ball he put in a poor pass to his scrum-half. Sodbury’s Tom Head, who gleefully took the ball and scampered in for his seventh try of the season. Cook converted to give the visitors a 7 – 19 lead at the break.
Early in the second half, Sodbury were down to fourteen after a yellow card for an early tackle during some desperate defending.
0n the hour, Sodbury elected for another scrum after a penalty on the Chosen Hill 22. After a ruck, the ball was released to the backs where Jake Lewis topped his all-action contribution from full-back with a well-deserved try.
The F.P’s scored their third try from a 5m lineout which even Turner couldn’t disrupt: Sodbury were helpless to defend a lineout drive with 14 men in it.
With five minutes left on the clock, Sodbury were on the scoreboard again. The try was scored by arch finisher Joe Horton, who received the ball 25m out.
Chosen Hill came back at Sodbury, now aided by the eight minutes of extra time, and scored another try from a lineout with a 14-man maul. This meant two valuable points for them but an even more valuable five points on the road for Chipping Sodbury.