Chipping Sodbury drop down table after defeats
TWO heavy defeats in a row have dented Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club’s hopes of challenging near the top of the table.
The First XV lost 40-0 to table-toppers Chew Valley, a team that hadn’t lost since early September and who are in a fight with Midsomer Norton for the top spot in the league.
Sodbury also suffered a heavy reverse at home, losing 36-5 to a Cheltenham team who are second from bottom of the league.
The side have now won just one out of their last five games in a poor start to the new year.
The only bright moment in that run was a 33-10 win at Barton Hill. That win was helped on its way with a first try of the game forGavin Edgar, which came from a lineout on Barton Hill’s 10m line.
But in a flurry of Sodbury confusion, Barton Hill re-took the lead. Sodbury were down a man after a yellow card and failed to get to grips with Barts from a 5m scrum. The game was soon tied at 10 apiece, when Jon Cook stroked over his first penalty of the afternoon.
On the half an hour mark Sodbury scored again, Cook providing an injection of pace and Edgar grasping the perfect pass before he bounced one defender then skipped past another for his second try.
Two more penalties added to Sodbury’s tally and then from a scrum on Barts’ 10m line, Edgar came charging off the wing to register his hat-trick under the posts. Cook’s boot converted easily to take his personal haul to 18 points.
Sodbury will be hoping that they can finish the season with more wins like that.
Picture shows Chipping Sodbury's Gavin Edgar going over for a try against Barton Hill. Photo: Paul Rubery