Chard too strong for the Hornets

PUBLISHED: 09:15 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:15 30 January 2014

Chard 27, Hornets 15

After a terrific tussle between two well matched sides it was the home side’s greater possession that ultimately saw them triumph, writes Glyn Hughes.

Chard began with a strong wind at their backs and took a first minute lead courtesy of a penalty slotted by skipper Chris Doak. Hornets hit back immediately with a counter attack from deep in their own half to register an unconverted try.

The hosts regained the lead when they won a lineout close to the visitors line and scrum half Ryan Helliar darted through a tiny gap before off loading to lock forward Richard Mouland who crossed and Doak tucked away the conversion.

The game was very evenly balanced with neither side giving an inch although Chard had a player binned for a late tackle.

Right on the half time whistle some more good work by the Chard pack was rewarded when Luke Aplin went over for try number two again converted by Doak to leav Chard 17-5 up at the break.

In the second half Hornets had the elements in their favour and they reduced the arrears with a penalty kick of fully 60-metres!

Chard were finding it difficult to get out of their own half and a series of mistakes were eventually punished when Jones broke through the home defence to score under the posts and he converted his own try to put Hornets within two points of their hosts.

The visitors looked favourites at this stage, but Chard regained some composure and with their pack in dominant form they got back into the game and had by far the best of the final quarter. Hornets lost a man to the bin and this made their pack even more vulnerable and Aplin and player-coach Simon Jenkins scored tries to seal a fine win for the home side which on the balance of play they certainly deserved.

Chard: Aplin, Jenkins, Hyslop, Mouland, Henly, Wright, Parsons, Wagstaff, Helliar, Doak (Capt) B Harrison,L Massey, J Pennington, J Massey, N Douglas. Replacements; B Johnson, B Robinson, C Allen-Roberts (unused).

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