Chinnor finish season with a flourish

Chinnor squad. Picture by Aaron Bayliss
Chinnor squad. Picture by Aaron Bayliss

Chinnor completed their National League Division Two South campaign in sixth place after a final day 45-26 victory over Swindon.

Chinnor started brightly, keeping the ball in the Saxons half for the first 10 minutes, aided by the sin binning of Southend’s Chesney.

However, they could not turn their possession or position into points as the visitors’ scrambled defence did just enough before the game changed dramatically in Southend’s favour with yellow cards to Chinnor’s Junior Fatialofa and Jon Phipps in quick succession.

The Saxons took full advantage and ran in three quick tries from Meads (2) and Gay to romp into a 19-0 advantage.

With players back, Chinnor came back strongly in the final few minutes of the half and tries from James Tyas and Oscar Heath to go into the break trailing by just five.

The second-half was all Chinnor as the home side ran in five tries, coming at regular intervals throughout the half.

Heath added three more to his first half tally, with one being the now trademark interception from 80 metres out, while full-back Kieran Goss scored Chinnor’s fourth.

A powerful run from 30 metres out by George Messum saw Chinnor’s final try of the day, while former Chinnor player Reuben Haile barrelled his way over for Southend to clinch their bonus-point try.

Chinnor, having spent the earlier part of the season flirting with relegation, finished a creditable sixth.