01:18PM, Tuesday 19 November 2019
Chesham RFC 9, Marlow RFC 16
Marlow RFC adapted better to a waterlogged Chesham pitch as they won a close contest 16-9 away from home to keep the pressure on the top three in Southern Counties North.
For much of this match Rory Greenslade-Jones’ threatened the hosts’ try line but were unable to turn that pressure into points. Thankfully, in Freddie Lewis, they had an ice cool kicker who slotted all four of his place kicks.
Chesham also belied their place at the foot of the table with a committed and well organised defensive display.
Despite their dominance in the early stages it was Chesham who took the lead through the boot of their full-back Toby Deane.
Marlow were frustrated by a disallowed try and several more missed opportunities and they trudged off 6-0 down at the break after Deane converted another penalty late in the half.
It didn’t take Marlow long to redress the balance in the second half, however, with captain Hugo Jafari bulldozing his way over for a try in the 46th minute. Lewis converted to hand the visitors a slender one-point advantage.
The game descended into a war of attrition, with both defences cancelling the other out. But it looked like Chesham might have a decisive score when Deane slotted his third penalty of the match to make it 9-7.
But Chesham were visibly wearing under the Marlow onslaught and gave away a number of kickable penalties. Step forward the ice cool Lewis who slotted a lovely kick to make it 9-10. Two further penalties were then converted in the 70th and 78th minute to take the match away from Chesham.
Jafari got the game’s only try but it was Lewis, whose distribution from the scrum in difficult conditions and excellent place kicking, who set the tone for this victory.
Fourth placed Marlow host Didcot on Saturday.
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