Chinnor finish on a defeat but future’s bright

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Chinnor finished their season with a 27-19 defeat at Shelford but still ended up sixth in their highest ever league finish in National 2 South.

The black-and-whites had several missing through injuries and had to field players out of position but still put up a good fight, eventually.

Shelford broke the try line first when their pack put together a trademark rolling maul to bundle over.

And it was to become a common feature of the game as the Cambridgeshire side repeated the trick to clinical effect for 15-6 half-time lead.

Shelford took advantage of two sloppy handling errors straight after the break to surge downfield and grab a brace of tries and seal a bonus point and make the score a daunting 26-7.

Finally it served to rouse a sleepy Chinnor as Gilbert broke down the wing to canter over.

Jason Bowers’ side kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a successful rolling maul of their own.

Berry crashed down to bring some respectability to the scoreline at 27-19.

The Oxfordshire side almost came close to another try as one of the quickest players on the pitch, Fielding, found himself in acres of space.

Incredibly, though, a Shelford prop, known as Tugboat, showed a deceptive turn of pace to haul him down before the line.

The game marked Bowers’ last at the club after a promotion at the RFU and he leaves the team in rude health.