Chingford 5 v Bury St Edmunds 59

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KO 2.15pm

Bury arrived with a strong squad boosted by returning players from relegation stricken Cambridge nearby whilst Chingford welcomed back Ben Bolton Smith and a new squad member Joe Shimizu. The Bury three-quarters looked awesome, the Chingford pack makeshift at best and yet further injury induced changes elsewhere.

It took only 4 minutes for Bury to score, on their first attack of the match, straight under the posts as were pretty well all of their further 8 tries to come. Chingford had the best of the possession in the first half and for long periods they kept Bury penned in their own 22 but it was 32 minutes before scrum half JP Sharp was able to convert this pressure into points, diving over from close range. At this point the score was 12 – 5 to Bury but now Chingford’s fly half Dan Boughtwood went off with a hamstring pull, and the third Colt of the day joined the field to gain valuable experience in the 1st XV.

The Chingford pack played heroically the whole game and quite overshadowed their illustrious visitors but try as they might they could not withstand the quality of the Bury running game and succumbed to a further 38 unanswered points in the second half.

“I was very impressed with the spirit in the Chingford side that fought right up to the very last minute and gave nothing away easily !”, said Bury Chairman Phil Torkington

1.       Steve Piper

2.       James Williams

3.       George Hall

4.       John Burnage

5.       Reece Miller

6.       Barnaby Bury

7.       Dave Brown

8.       Ollie Hoad

9.       JP Sharpe

10.    Dan Boughtwood (Capt)

11.    Abdel Giles

12.    Kalem Abbott

13.    Ben Bolton-Smith

14.    Andre Cabrera

15.    Joe Shimizu

Subs:

1.       Billy Spinks  

2.       Tom Regan

3.       Tom  Lowry