Chinnor U16s clinch a win over Banbury
By Alex Bond
A friendly match between two strong mixed teams in advance of their OBB League 1 meeting in the New Year
The game was played on a clear sunny morning but with a strong blustery wind blowing towards the Clubhouse – which played an important role in the playing style and decision making of both teams. The majority of the game was played at the Clubhouse end of the pitch on both halves.
In the first half, Chinnor played with the wind in their favour and secured possession straight after their kick off with a knock on which allowed a Chinnor scrum on the Banbury 5m line. The ball was won and run in by Dylan T, who scored near the posts. Ben S successfully converted Score 7-0.
Subsequent phases of play included a penalty taken quickly by forwards Ben G and Finley C and an opposition kick being charged down within the Banbury 22. Chinnor won the majority of their lineouts but errors were made with loose balls and knock on balls. Harry R, who displayed fine jackalling throughout the match, made ground on a number of occasions.
At the only point in the first half when Chinnor found themselves in their own 22, Ben S secured the ball and used the wind to kick some distance down the pitch towards the Clubhouse. Unfortunately due to a Chinnor player being offside play was brought back by the referee to the Chinnor 5m line, after an initial attempt at a try hat was held up, Banbury took advantage to drive over for their first try. The Banbury conversion kick into the wind was off target but steered back by a helpful gust to sail between the uprights, Score 7-7.
At the kick off the visitors secured possession but failed to make touch with their return kick and subsequently a penalty was awarded to Chinnor – the Chinnor line took full advantage with Dylan T running the ball through and a successful conversion was made by Ben S. Score 14-7.
Banbury knocked on at the kick off with the Chinnor scrum ball being run forward by the scrum half Dan M. The ball quickly moved to opposite sides of the half way and into touch. The throw was not straight – and the referee blew for half time.
In the second half Chinnor showed some steadfast defence, with the wind against them. Banbury kicked towards the Clubhouse, and a low testing kick was gathered by Ben S in the far corner before leaving the field after a high tackle. After a good kick to touch, the Chinnor throw on the opposition 22 was won, Rosco P became trapped but managed to pass the ball down the line. A number of darting runs by Josh E secured some distance, but after a #8 play there was a knock on.
Knocked on from passes were a failing in the Chinnor game and, after one of these, Banbury tried a blind side run after their scrum to be rewarded with a penalty on the Chinnor 5m line. Banbury took the opportunity with a “tap and go” to score a try by the posts, and add points with their conversion Score 14-14.
After the Chinnor kick off a long opposition kick regained ground, there followed a series of turnovers and a loose Chinnor pass, just outside the Chinnor 22, gave Banbury the ball to give an opportunity for the visitors to score in the corner and take the lead. In the wind the conversion was missed. Score 14-19.
The kick off ball was regained by Chinnor but several deep searching kicks were made by the visitors which were successfully gathered up by Josh E. A determined breakthrough opportunity was taken and long run by Ben G secured Chinnor’s third try which was converted. Score 21-19.
The visitors came back at Chinnor securing two penalties, which Chinnor managed to defend and regain possession from. The home side sensibly tried to keep the ball in hand, rather than kicking against the wind. Determined and resolute, the Chinnor players neutralised the final Banbury attack and the ball was turned over when the Final Whistle sounded.
Final Score: Chinnor 21 Banbury 19
Referee: Mr Rob Alexander
Match Report: Mr Hugh Riley