This was an excellent whole team performance by Chelmsford, against a team who beat them home an away last season. This has placed Chelmsford mid table in the league with difficult games yet to come
Playing down the slope but against the wind in the first half, Chelmsford dominated the early stages and a number of chances went missing including a dropped pass on the line. Ipswich came back into the game and started to press, it looked like Chelmsford might rue these lost opportunities. After twenty minutes, Chelmsford under pressure gathered the ball near their own line and their forwards drove up the pitch inter passing before the ball was released to the backs finishing with winger Jack Acorn who ran in from thirty metres. They increased their lead following a scrum five yards, Lloyd Ellis on the burst plunged over for a try converted by Joel Young. Ipswich soon replied when from a five metre lineout they drove over for a converted try. Chelmsford immediately came back with pressure on the Ipswich defence, a charged down kick fell at the feet of Chelmsford flanker, Cameron Storey, a yard from the try line in front of the posts. He had the easiest of task to plunge over for a converted try. Ipswich were not finished in the half and scored a good try when they moved the ball wide to go in at the corner which was well converted. Half Time: Chelmsford 19 Ipswich 14
It looked as though Chelmsford might have difficulties maintaining their lead but Joel Young made good use of his kicking boot to keep the ball ahead of his forwards and as the half progressed they started to dominate. Scott James, who came on as a replacement, burst through, the ball was relayed to Jimmy Allway who showed good pace to score. He repeated the try scoring minutes later after a concerted drive from the Chelmsford forwards. A final try was scored by the ever alert Harry Dring, who had a fine game, when he gathered a loose ball to canter over for the final score of the game.
The Chelmsford team and coaching staff will be delighted with this win. Certainly the set scrum and lineouts were more solid than in previous games and they will be pleased that they finished more strongly than the opposition
Next week Chelmsford travel to Stowmarket kick off 3.00pm