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Tabard suffer Chingford defeat
3:21pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Despite a much improved performance Tabard conceded two early tries and two in the dying minutes to give Chingford a flattering 32-14 home win in London League One North.
Although they were beaten, there were positives to be taken from the game with Elliott Hurrell having a terrific match at full-back and Sam Barrow showing great form in the lineout.
The contest had barely started when Chingford, still under pressure from the opening kick, ran from deep and, exploiting a massive mis-match of winger versus prop, scored their opening try in under two minutes.
Tabard scarcely had time to draw breath when Chingford attacked again from the restart. A half break put their winger in space but when he seemed to be covered he kicked ahead and won the ensuing race for the touchdown. With both tries being converted Tabard found themselves 14 points down with barely four minutes on the clock.
At this point the visitors visibly steadied themselves and attacked hard. With full-back Hurrell joining the line at pace he made good ground before being stopped and Tabard forced a scrum just 15m from the Chingford line.
The hosts cleared the danger but conceded a scrum on the halfway line. A steady scrum provided good ball for Tabard and this time Hurrell burst through the centre.
The Chingford full-back appeared to have his run covered but an excellent step took him round the last line of defence for a try under the posts. Standoff Jack Reilly added the conversion to reduce the lead to just seven points.
From this point on Tabard increasingly took the game to Chingford but received a setback when the home side converted a 50m penalty to increase their lead.
Tabard launched attack after attack with no reward but finally found their cutting edge from a lineout in their own half. After a clean take they formed a driving maul which sucked in the Chingford back row.
The ball was then whipped out to the centre and when Hurrell again joined the line, Chingford failed to stop his initial break. This time the home full-back made no mistake with his covering tackle but a well-timed pass saw winger Joe Calnan take full advantage to score in the corner. Reilly again added the conversion and Tabard were just three points adrift at half-time.
Chingford started the second period well and after heavy pressure on the Tabard line, a penalty and yellow card saw Tabard reduced to 14 men and the deficit increased to six points.
There was no further score until just a few minutes from the end when Chingford quickly recycled the ball after a turnover in midfield and scored a try in the corner. From the restart the hosts launched a series of attacks culminating in a scrum near the Tabard line.
A simple pick up by their number eight produced the half break and it was then a simple run in for the final try. Chingford added a conversion with the last kick of the match to complete the victory.
Tabard are at their Cobden Hill home against Romford & Guidea Park in their next match this weekend.
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