Chinnor back from the dead in stunner

Action from Shelford v Chinnor - Photo by Dave Winpenny
Action from Shelford v Chinnor - Photo by Dave Winpenny
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A last-minute try from Tristan Corpe ensured Chinnor’s unbeaten record this season remained intact as the Oxfordshire club claimed a 24-19 win away to Shelford in SSE National League Division Two South.

Joint head coach Matt Goode gave credit to the players following the last-gasp victory.

He said: “It was a classic game of two halves. Shelford led 19-3 at half-time, but we really pulled our socks up in the second half, changed our gameplan and exploited their weaknesses.”

Second half scores from Ed Vickers and Matt Mountford, along with the boot of James Cathcart brought the Oxfordshire side to within two points of victory, before Corpe’s memorable try with the last play of the game preserved Chinnor’s unbeaten start. Goode added that the team were on a massive high following the manner of the win.

He said: “It is great that we have made it three wins out of three in the league. It was an unbelievable finish to a terrific game.

“For me, we have proved we can play different brands of rugby – we really had to grind out our first game away to Exmouth in wet and windy conditions, we then outplayed Dings in our second game with an attacking brand of rugby and we have now showed great character and fighting spirit to come from behind this week. As a coach, that really excites you.”

Chinnor’s next game sees them host Redruth on Saturday (ko 3pm), on the same day as the club’s Oktoberfest and Goode said it had been a busy month on and off the pitch.

He said: “It has been a fantastic month with lots of events off the pitch and great rugby on it. The events have allowed the team to really bond together, and we have ended up consuming a lot of alcohol!

“It’s another big event this weekend with the Oktoberfest, and if we continue playing the way we have so far I see no reason why we can’t get another win on the board to help celebrate the day.”