1st XV - Match centre

Old Patesians
Full time
H Colver, M Chase, L Gilbert, M Goode
J Cathcart (3)
J Cathcart
Sat 21 Jan 14:00 - RFU National - National League 3 South West

Chinnor's 7 tries blow away Old Pats

7 tries came as Chinnor overcame the slope and wind in solid victory in Cheltenham


Chinnor maintained their unbeaten record for the season with a welcome 44-10 victory away at Old Patesians in Cheltenham.

This fixture is always difficult as the conditions and combative opponents always test visiting sides. With both pip Seymour and Tom Gray unavailable, Mark Chase, back from a long injury lay off, and Richie Williams covered the wings.

Chinnor attacked up the slope for the first half in very windy conditions which continued for the whole match. On the 4th minute Chinnor, after a speedy attack, lost the ball near Old Pats line. From the resultant scrum, hard tackling dislodged Old Pats ball and Andrew Smith for Chinnor was first to react. He powered over the line for the first of Chinnor’s seven tries of the day. Cathcart’s conversion gave the visitors a 7-0 lead. This was increased to 10-0 by way of a Cathcart penalty goal in the 10th minute.

Game 17 - Old Patesians (A)
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Old Patesians worked a field position in Chinnor’s 22 and full back James Butler went over for Old Pats first score of the day, which he converted himself to reduce the deficit to 10-7 with 14 minutes played. This heralded a period of pressure from the home side which culminated in a penalty goal from Butler to level the scores at 10-10 in the 27th minute. Old Pats kept the pressure on but turnover ball allowed Chase to scorch down the tram lines and put the supporting Colver over for Chinnor’s second try in the 34th minute. Just before the break, Goode broke through the midfield defence only to be held up short. The ball was recycled to the other side of the pitch where Chase was fortuitously awarded a try to give a half lead to Chinnor by 20-10.

Six minutes into the second half, great approach work from Chinnor’s backs led to Gilbert scooting over for the bonus point try and a Chinnor lead of 25-10. The next 30 minutes turned into periods of alternate defending and attacking by both sides. Stalemate was ended in the 74th minute when Goode broke out from his own 22 to score Chinnor’s 5th try to increase the lead to 30-10. Two tries then followed in quick succession with Stoop accelerating through to score in the 80th minute, Cathcart converting. Gilbert bagged his second of the day in the 83rd minute. Cathcart’s conversion brought the final score to 44-10 in favour of Chinnor.

Old Patesians are a tough and durable side, particularly in the forwards and not many sides will do well at Everest Road.

Chinnor were sucked into a dogfight for large parts of the match but were particularly adept at converting the slightest opportunity into points. The conditions were difficult with a significantly sloping pitch, a sticky surface and high winds. The Chinnor pack were tough and resolute with Waddingham and Gilbert shining. Goode and Stoop conjured up some magic at times. The introduction of the replacements in the 70th minute had a noticeably stimulating effect on the Chinnor performance. Old Pats is always a tough place and Chinnor will be pleased to have coped with both the opposition and the conditions.

Chinnor: Smith T; Chase T; Colver T; Gilbert 2T; Goode T; Stoop T; Cathcart 3C; PG
Old Patesians: Butler T, C, PG

Chinnor team:
Colver, Chase, Goode, Stoop, Williams (Corpe 83), Cathcart, Jones, Winpenny, Tattersall, Pickett (Whelan 69), Mowbray (Harrison 69), Smith, Jackman, Waddingham, Gilbert
Replacements: Whelan, Harrison, Corpe


Key moments

Conversion James Cathcart kicks a conversion for Chinnor
Penalty James Cathcart kicks a penalty for Chinnor
Try Henry Colver scores for Chinnor
Try Mark Chase scores for Chinnor
Try Matt Goode scores for Chinnor
Conversion James Cathcart kicks a conversion for Chinnor
Try Liam Gilbert scores for Chinnor
Conversion James Cathcart kicks a conversion for Chinnor

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Game 17 - Old Patesians (A)
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Game 17 - Old Patesians (A) over 4 years ago


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  • Old Patesians
  • Chinnor
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  • James Cathcart Conversion 4:00'
  • James Cathcart Penalty 10:00'
  • Henry Colver Try 36:00'
  • Mark Chase Try 40:00'
  • Unknown Player Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Nick (Grizzer) Harrison Sub On 69:00'
  • Unknown Player Sub Off 69:00'
  • Tom Whelan Sub On 69:00'
  • Matt Goode Try 75:00'
  • James Cathcart Conversion 78:00'
  • Liam Gilbert Player of the Match 80:00'
  • Liam Gilbert Try 80:00'
  • James Cathcart Conversion 80:00'

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# Team Pd Pts
1. Bournemouth 26 120
2. Chinnor 26 114
3. Redingensians 26 112
4. Exmouth 26 90
5. Barnstaple 26 82
6. Old Patesians 26 68
7. Newton Abbot 26 62
8. Chippenham 26 59

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