Chingford Rugby Club

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Chingford 20 – 17 Woodford

ONCE again, Chingford just about had enough to edge out Woodford for the second time in recent weeks and maintain their promotion push into the new year. Despite finding themselves at the wrong end of the table, the Highams Men were always going to be up for this fixture and started brightly. Their forwards dominated the early phases of play and the visitors scored a well-taken try through Ed Goody which was also converted by Huw Levis. The hosts hit back direct from the restart. An excellent run from Luke Campbell that was only stopped ten metres out ended with him feeding Matthew Lockwood, who burst past the final defender to touch down. Woodford’s pack continued to have the upper hand throughout the first half, but failed to add any further points to only take a narrow 5-7 lead into the break. Within seconds of the restart Chingford went in front thanks to a fine individual try from Matt Lockwood that saw him burst through several tackles to score out wide to make it 10-7. Next to score was Chingford’s other Lockwood brother, Thomas who used his strength and skill to add the hosts’ third try of the day. The home side took charge once again shortly afterwards, as winger David Knight collect a bouncing ball 30 metres out before using his tremendous pace to score another good individual try. Woodford cut the lead with a Levis penalty and brought themselves to within three points of Chingford with five minutes left. Winger Simo Sigakalele added a try, but it proved too little too late as the hosts held out for the points. Manager Phil Howell said: “It was not the way we wanted to finish the year. We wanted to put in the performance that we didn’t over at their place. Credit to the opposition, though, because considering that we won both of the games this year Woodford probably played the better rugby in the two games.” Woodford counterpart Peter Christey said: “It was another disappointing result considering the amount of possession and territory that we had. But we need to take the positives from the game and take them in to the new year.”