U15s finish off with another league victory
By Eric Gillingham
A tense end to league action
As with the first league match vs Maldon, the final one against Ongar was another tense fixture with the lead constantly swapping. Chelmsford were fast out the blocks, and soon showed the upper hand with Connor C scoring the opening try, converted by William R. Ongar soon replied with their ownopening try, and unconverted the score was 7-5 in Chelmsford's favour. Connor C added his second try of the day, and this was also unconverted to make the score 12-5. Ongar scored another try at the end of the first half whilst William H was on the ground with what looked like a nasty face injury. Thankfully it was restricted to a nose bleed and and a saw jaw. This left the first half score at 12-10 to Chelmsford. The first half saw a number of handling errors due to the damp conditions, and Chelmsford also had a number of infringements penalised. On the flip side, there were some marvelous passages of play and Connor C must get a mention for two exquisite off-loads.
Ongar started the second half brighter and scored a converted try to give them the lead at 17-12. Chelmsford pulled themselves together and after another passage of dominant play, Morgan scored a well-deserved try, with Harry adding two points from the tee. This put Chelmsford back in front at 19-17. William H added a fourth try after his return to the match to stretch the Chelmsford lead, with the score now at 24 -17.
After a continued run of possession from Ongar, they brought the score level at 24-24 with a converted try. With the scores level and only 6 minutes left on the clock this was going to be another nervy end to the match. Chelmsford worked the ball up the pitch, and having gained territory after an Ongar infringement found themselves close to the Ongar try line. This ended with Josh N going over the line and scoring, with Harry adding with the conversion to make it 31 - 24.
With 90 seconds left, Chelmsford needed to hold onto the ball and not make any mistakes. What resulted was a brilliant defensive display from the players, repelling multiple Ongar advances, and quite appropriately the whistle went with Chelmsford having yet again turned over possession at the breakdown.
This result moved Chelmsford one position up the final table, to finish in third place in Division 2, level on 20 points with Maldon who achieved a superior points scored/conceded difference. Well done to all the players who have played and helped Chelmsford to achieve this fantastic result.