Goode heavens! Chinnor coach steals victory and tips Millett for the top

Chinnor defeated Redruth at home in September
Chinnor defeated Redruth at home in September

Matt Goode took Chinnor’s slump into his own hands on Saturday with two match-winning tries in the final eight minutes.

Player-coach Goode said he owed the side after three yellow cards in as many matches and did so in emphatic fashion as The Villagers overturned a 25-12 deficit to steal a 26-25 victory at Redruth.

But despite his heroics, Goode was quick to praise his side’s improved discipline in what was their first victory in three matches.

He said: “Our attitude was completely different. No back chatting to the referee and no getting on each other’s backs either.

“Making it easier for the ref to manage us and that was the difference.”

An agonising one-point defeat last week was quickly forgotten as Goode’s second try in the final minute was coolly converted by Will Millett.

“He’s still under 20 which is crazy,” Goode said.

“He should be in line for England Counties Under 20s this year as he’s been outstanding.

“I know there will be a few clubs sniffing around him and I know he wants to go a bit higher but we’ll have a chat with him and help him if we can.”

Goode was also keen to praise the back-room staff who he said ‘make Chinnor the very good club that they are’.

The Villagers welcome second-placed Canterbury on Saturday (2.30pm KO).