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1st XV - Match centre

O Amani, C Pearce (2), J Phillips, D gardener
R Shoobridge (3)
Sat 8 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

London 3 North/West.

8 th October 2016 Cheshunt 31 Finchley 14

Cheshunt finally recorded their first league win of the season, despite a performance which lacked

any consistency, they were still comfortably good enough to breeze past Finchley and earn a

valuable bonus point, thanks mostly to some fine pieces of individual skill.

The visitors had the better of the opening few minutes and an early attack was halted by a crunching

tackle from Omid Amani, but a few missed tackles allowed Finchley to remain in the Cheshunt half.

Slowly Cheshunt began to get in the game and were a little fortunate to take the lead after 10

minutes, after a short time in the Finchley 22, a clearance kick found its way to Dave Lever on

halfway, he didn’t collect the ball as cleanly as he might have intended, but managed to chip the ball

beyond the first line of Finchley defenders, Sam Rule was quick to collect the loose ball and was soon

back into the 22, tackled just short, he popped the ball to Omid Amani in support, who crossed to open the


Both sides were guilty of losing possession, unable to string together a series of phases which saw

the game played around the halfway mark. Finchley often looked dangerous on the counter attack

and when C’s failed to clear the visitors were soon in the Cheshunt 22, however, the home sides

scrum was beginning to dominate and kept winning the ball back.

Cheshunt started to enjoy the majority of possession and when the visitors gave away a free kick,

Reece Shoobridge took a quick tap, he swapped passes with Bobby Bolton, then found Connor

Pearce in support who ran through under the posts, with Shoobridge’s extras C’s were 12-0 up after

24 minutes.

Cheshunt now were beginning to turn the screw and should have added to their total, Bolton and

Marvin Brown both cut holes in the Finchley defence and gained ground, but C’s were unable

convert the chances and ignored a simple penalty chance, in an attempt to get to the try bonus point


Finchley took advantage in the last 10 minutes of the half, after a lull in the game, suddenly the

visitors back line burst into action, they cut through the centre and in under the posts to reduce the

arrears to 12-7 after 33 minutes. Although the Cheshunt forwards were completely dominant, the

Finchley back line looked dangerous, but neither side were able to add to their total before the half

time whistle.

A long kick from Dan Saunders soon put Finchley back under pressure, deep in the 22 C’s attacked

from a scrum and were just held up short, they spent some time close to the try line, but Finchley

held firm, finally they cleared, but Sam Rule created some space for Bolton to dance back into the

22, Finchley could only halt the Cheshunt attack by conceding a penalty, again Cheshunt turned

down the easy pot at goal. Although they started to march towards the line from the scrum, when

they picked, a simple interception saw the visitors clear down field. Finchley were then quickly in the

Cheshunt danger zone and should have taken the lead, but with the line at their mercy, dropped the

ball 10 metres out.

Finally Cheshunt put some daylight between the scores with the try of the match, good lineout ball

from Josh Willcocks allowed Bolton to again get through the first line of defenders, he found Jake

Phillips in support 30 metres out, he avoided the first two tacklers, then threw two outrageous

dummies to send the Finchley defence the wrong way and ran in near the posts, the conversion

stretched the advantage to 19-7, as the game entered the final quarter.

That should have signalled a comfortable end to the afternoon, Cheshunt seemingly in control of

most aspects of the game, but when they were robbed of the ball in mid field, the right winger ran

clear to score under the posts to pull back to 19-14.

Searching for the all-important bonus point C’s pilled on the pressure, Dave Lever nearly went over

in the corner, but was ruled to have put a foot in touch, C’s were now camped in the 22, a Finchley

scrum under their own posts was shunted backwards, the ball squirted out and Pearce reacted

quickest for the simplest of touchdowns and back to a 12 point advantage.

Instead of playing the remainder of the game in the Finchley half, Cheshunt continually tried to

attack from deep, until the ball found its way to Dean Gardener, he sent a long kick down field,

which bounced down the right touchline and then up into his brother Dale’s arms, from 40 yards he

outsprinted the covering defence and completed the scoring, 31-14.

A week off from league rugby, Cheshunt travel to Ely in the national cup next Saturday, the following

week they return to league action when they visit St Albans.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – December: Old Hales RFC

Jake Phillips

Player of the Match

Jake Phillips

Key moments

Try Omid Amani scores for Cheshunt
Try Connor Pearce scores for Cheshunt
Conversion Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
Try Connor Pearce scores for Cheshunt
Conversion Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
Try Jake Phillips scores for Cheshunt
Try Dale gardener scores for Cheshunt
Conversion Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt


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80:00 Player of the Match
Jake Phillips is awarded player of the match for Cheshunt
71:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
70:00 Try 29 - 0
Dale gardener scores for Cheshunt
60:00 Try 24 - 0
Jake Phillips scores for Cheshunt
53:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
52:00 Try 17 - 0
Connor Pearce scores for Cheshunt
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
38:00 Try 10 - 0
Connor Pearce scores for Cheshunt
26:00 Try 5 - 0
Omid Amani scores for Cheshunt
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Cheshunt
  • Finchley
  • 0
  • Omid Amani Try 26:00'
  • Connor Pearce Try 38:00'
  • Reece Shoobridge Conversion 39:00'
  • Connor Pearce Try 52:00'
  • Reece Shoobridge Conversion 53:00'
  • Jake Phillips Try 60:00'
  • Dale gardener Try 70:00'
  • Reece Shoobridge Conversion 71:00'

Team selection

Rule, Sam Rule, Sam
gardener, Dale gardener, Dale
Bolton, Bobby Bolton, Bobby
Amani, Omid Amani, Omid
Lever, Dave Lever, Dave
Saunders, Dan Saunders, Dan
Shoobridge, Reece Shoobridge, Reece
Bailey, Joel Bailey, Joel
Pearce, Connor Pearce, Connor
Clark, Alex Clark, Alex
Willcocks, Josh Willcocks, Josh
Gardener, Dean Gardener, Dean
Hussey, Ryan Hussey, Ryan
Phillips, Jake Phillips, Jake
Brown, Marvin Brown, Marvin

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Datchworth 22 50
7. St Albans 22 47
8. Hitchin 22 46
9. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 45
10. Cheshunt 22 43
11. Finchley 22 41
12. Staines 22 12

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