Chinnor ‘stopped the rot’ as they recovered from three straight to defeats to hold out for a bonus point win 26-22 over title candidates Shelford at Kingsey Road.
Coach Jason Bowers said he was delighted with what he described as a ‘big, big win’ as Chinnor went under the cosh in the last 20 minutes.
He said: “We have had three tough fixtures. On Saturday we wanted to turn a corner and stop the rot. We put in a good, disciplined performance.
“Our defence was absolutely outstanding. We had to defend pretty resolutely for the last 20 minutes of the game. Not a single player had a bad performance.”
Chinnor started slowly and found themselves a score down after 14 minutes. However, they offered a quick riposte as prop Andy Berry bundled over.
The first try for Bowers’ men was just what the doctor ordered as they quickly ran in tries through David Hughes and Leo Fielding to put the home side 21-5 up at half-time.
Shelford did not go down without a fight and after crossing the line twice in the space of five minutes, Bowers was relived to see Trever Powell pop up to score the bonus point try.
Bowers added: “The fourth try was the pick of the tries that we have scored for a long time.”
Again Shelford rallied but Chinnor held firm to move up to sixth on 29 points, a target the boss admitted he thought they would reach later in the season.
“I’m absolutely delighted. The lads are getting their heads around what the task is in this league. We have had the label of being a yo-yo side over the last few years.
“But it makes a big difference now, we have shown we can do it and we deserve it.”
Chinnor now travel to league leaders and neighbours Henley Hawks on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and Bowers said he expects a backlash after they were thumped 49-5 by Worthing.
Bowers added: “For us we very much have to play our own game. We will give it a good crack.”