Agonising defeat for Chinnor in 91-point thriller

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Despite running in seven tries, Chinnor succumbed to defeat in an enthralling and breathless match against Bishop’s Stortford as the visitors scraped to victory by just a single point, 46-45.

Chinnor, looking to bounce back from the defeat to Taunton Titans in their previous outing, had the better of the first half and ran in four tries to go in 26-14 ahead at half-time.

The home side’s superiority in the pack brought them two tries, both scored by skipper Alfie To’oala, while the pace and power from the backs saw Robbie Martey and Jack Hayes also touch down.

The second half was in sharp contrast to the first and saw a flurry of tries, with Stortford sparking into life as a penalty try began the fightback before tries from Hankin, Neville and Coleman in a golden 10 minute period saw them lead 40-26.

Chinnor then began a fightback of their own with Hayes, Darren Oliver and James Tyas all crossing the whitewash, but two late penalties saw the visitors snatch victory.

Ed Keohane converted five of Chinnor’s seven tries.

Chinnor are seventh in National League Division Two South and next play Redruth away on April 11.