Chinnor RFC’s erratic away form continued with a 22-14 defeat at Cambridge in National League Division Two South at the weekend.
Despite being on a current eight-match winning streak at Kingsey Road, Chinnor have struggled to replicate their excellent home form on the road with Saturday’s defeat their third away loss in a row and seventh in total this season.
The result drops them to sixth in the table.
The opening 15 minutes set the tone with the majority of the action played out in the middle of the pitch, with Cambridge controlling most of the play without having much joy against a stubborn Chinnor defence in the early stages
However, the visitors, who handed a debut to former London Welsh winger Ashley Smith, were then penalised at the breakdown, allowing James Stokes to slot over a penalty and put the first three points on the board.
Chinnor replied swiftly and went over for the first try of the game when Ben Manning wheeled off the blind-side of a rolling maul to touch down, with Ed Keohane adding the extras for a 7-3 lead.
The visitors then missed a golden opportunity to increase their lead as a knock-on at a crucial moment prevented a near-certain try, and that proved costly when a moment of magic from Stokes saw him break through the Chinnor defence and off-load to Jim Wigglesworth, who strode away from the pursuing defenders to touch down.
Again Chinnor hit back as they regained the lead moments after the restart when Reuben Haile capitalised on the home side’s errors.
From then on, though, it was Cambridge who completed dominated both possession and territory as Stef Liebenberg set up Ean Griffiths before Matthew Howling’s late converted try sealed victory.
Chinnor host Clifton this weekend.