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1st XV - Match centre

St Albans
R Valentine
R Shoobridge
Sat 11 Feb 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

London 3 North/West 11 th February 2017

Cheshunt 8 St Albans 3

Cheshunt just about hung on to record a narrow victory, in a tense and nervy finish. The victory

takes them back into to top half of the table, a position they will hope to cement when they visit

Hitchin next week.

Cheshunt certainly had the better chances and had two tries disallowed, but it was their defence at

the end which carried them to victory, refusing to let wave after wave of St Albans attacks break

through the line as the visitors desperately tried in vain to snatch the points.

Early Cheshunt pressure came when St Albans dropped the ball on halfway, Sam Rule was quick to

kick the ball towards the line and when the visitors failed to clear, Cheshunt bundled the ball over

the line but were adjudged to have knocked on in the process.

Against a stiffening breeze St Albans could only clear to half way and when C’s attacked again they

were caught offside and Reece Shoobridge opened the scoring with a well struck penalty from 35


St Albans had their best chance of the first half when they had a couple of 5 metre scrums, but Jake

Phillips won the second against the head and for the rest of the first period C’s kept the visitors

pinned back in their own half.

Shoobridge saw his long range effort from a penalty on the 10 metre sail wide, but the Green and

Whites were enjoying all the territorial advantage. Aydan Duligall initiated a turn over and C’s

attacked again, they consistently got themselves into the danger zone, but failed to win the ball in

the opposition 22, the visitors would win the ball back, kick to halfway and the process would start


They nearly found a way over the line right at the end of the half, Bobby Bolton spinning through

tackles and back into the 22, a penalty was kicked up the line for a 5 metre scrum, the catch and

drive couldn’t get over and when the ball was spun along the line the move was halted by another

penalty, a quick tap and go was unable to get over and eventually St Albans cleared to signal the half

time whistle.

The second period was probably shaded by the visitors, although a try always looked unlikely they

were soon level when they converted a 30 metre penalty.

The game was in deadlock, neither defence giving away any ground until a moment of inspiration

from Bolton found a way. An extended Cheshunt attack had been in and around the 22 metre line

for many phases, neither forwards or backs able to make any real headway towards the line, but

when play had been concentrated down the left touchline for a while, Bolton was quick to notice

Richard Valentine in space wide out on the right, his perfectly weighted kick was caught by Valentine

who rounded the last defender and dived over in the corner for the only try of the match.

It was now the visitors turn to have a prolonged attack, they maintained possession through the

phases but when they spilt the ball Cheshunt soon hacked the ball up field, Tom Claridge kicked

again towards the posts, the retreating defender messed up the clearance and Tom Cooper was first

to touch the ball down, but again the referee adjudged the ball to have gone forward of a Cheshunt


Play went from one 22 to the other, another penalty from Shoobridge just sailed outside the posts

with 5 minutes remaining and both sets of exhausted players fought for every scrap of possession.

Remarkably, when the referee called last play, the match went on for a further 8 minutes, a couple

of missed touches, several penalties and the visitors kept coming and coming, but the Cheshunt

defence remained intact and they were relieved to finally get the ball into touch.

Only a point separates Cheshunt in 6 th position from Hitchin in 7 th , so next Saturday both sides will be

determined to be in the top half of the table.

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Key moments

Penalty Reece Shoobridge kicks a penalty for Cheshunt
Try Richard Valentine scores for Cheshunt


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0:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Reece Shoobridge kicks a penalty for Cheshunt
0:00 Try 8 - 0
Richard Valentine scores for Cheshunt
0:00 Red Card
Tom Claridge is sent off for Cheshunt
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Cheshunt
  • St Albans
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  • Reece Shoobridge Penalty 0:00'
  • Richard Valentine Try 0:00'
  • Tom Claridge Red Card 0:00'

Team selection

Bolton, Bobby Bolton, Bobby
Valentine, Richard Valentine, Richard
Rule, Sam Rule, Sam
Claridge, Tom Claridge, Tom
Lever, Dave Lever, Dave
Saunders, Dan Saunders, Dan
Shoobridge, Reece Shoobridge, Reece
Pearce, Connor Pearce, Connor
Duligall, Aydan Duligall, Aydan
Cooper, Tom Cooper, Tom
Clark, Alex Clark, Alex
Willcocks, Josh Willcocks, Josh
Brown, Marvin Brown, Marvin
Phillips, Jake Phillips, Jake
Hussey, Ryan Hussey, Ryan
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League round up

Other London 3 North West results


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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