In truth, Witney should have seen this game out by half time but unforced errors kept Chiltern in the game.
The majority of the first half was spent in Chiltern’s 22 defending at scrum & lineout and credit to the whole team for not conceding a try.
Both sides traded penalties with Will Browne converting for Chiltern.
Towards the end of the first half Michael Brothers took a great intercept on the half way and was about to run through and score but play was called back for an altercation.
The referee had missed the incident but had stopped play due to Aidan Lever leaving the field for a blood injury after he was punched off the ball by the Witney inside centre.
He stayed on the field and it left the first half on a sour note.
In contrast to the first half, Chiltern’s scrum improved dramatically and confidence grew thoughout the team with longer periods of play in the Witney half.
In a half of few opportunities in attack, Amersham passed wide on the halfway but were guilty of being too flat and the Witney winger intercepted the pass to finish well under the posts. The try converted making the score 10-3 to Witney,
Luke Donnebaum was yellow carded soon after for a trip and the team did well not to concede within these 10 minutes.
With 15 minutes left there was still time for Chiltern to level the match and they worked their way up into the Witney 22 but couldn’t get over the line. Credit to Witney's defence.
Great team spirit by the whole team but the they left themselves too much to do in the final minutes.
Credit to Witney for a tough, physical game and a lot of lessons to be learnt for Chiltern.
Next week Chiltern host Oxford Harlequins at home.
We wish Aidan a speedy recovery.
1 Lewis Godfrey 2 Leo Sykes (pl) 3 Harvey Gould 4 Chris Coldwell 5 Tom Collins 6 Aidan Lever 7 George Wallington-Smith 8 Luke Donnebaum (c) 9 Michael Brothers (vc) 10 Jamie Fenton 11 Jack Davidson 12 James Ashton 13 Tom Wood 14 Will Browne 15 Paul Sitzberger 16 Jack Claridge 17 Gus Pollard
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