Chinnor leave it late to finish superb year

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Chinnor rounded off 2012 in style as they came from behind to eventually overhaul Taunton 29-19 in the SSE National League 2 South.

Coach Jason Bowers said he was relieved to go in at half-time only 12-8 down after an early lead quickly evaporated. However, he was delighted to see his team eventually turn it round.

He said: “It turned into a monsoon after half-time and we had to play against the conditions.

“The last half-an-hour the lads really got their heads down and went on to play really well and I was absolutely delighted.”

Chinnor began well when a quick exchange of passes from Henry Colver and Leo Fielding led to the latter touching down in the corner.

It was not a sign of things to come though as Taunton rallied and twice Aaron Struminiski burst through to leave Bowers cursing.

Things went from bad to worse for Chinnor as Struminiski struck again stealing an interception near his own line for his third.

However, as the heavens opened Chinnor appeared to take control with Colver flawless from the boot and Goode eventually weaving through to bring the score to 19-18.

With the referee poised to blow for full time, Ian Stock picked up a loose ball from a lineout and bounced his way through to claim a winning try.

Chinnor next welcome Bournemouth to Kingsey Road on January 5 and Bowers said he cannot wait to get going again.

With promotion sealed last season and Chinnor sitting in an unexpected sixth this year the coach gladly gave 2012 a 9/10 and looks back on 2012 as one of his fondest years in charge at the club.