Redruth 25 Chinnor 26
Chinnor winger Leo Fielding’s conversion with the last kick of the game gave the visitors the spoils and left Redruth reeling, reports Bill Hooper from the Recreation Ground.
Redruth looked to be heading towards a morale boosting win with less than ten minutes to play leading 25-12, but two converted tries for Chinnor during the final eight minutes turned the game on its head giving the visiting Oxfordshire side a vital win and move them away from the relegation zone leaving the Reds looking nervously over their shoulders.
Chinnor began the game brightly getting the opening try of the game after only seven minutes as hooker Neil Townsend crossed near the posts, Fielding’s conversion making it 7-0 to the visitors.
Fly-half Brett Rule for Redruth and Fielding both missed penalty attempts at goal before Rule added the extras to lock Damien Cook’s terrific try scored after 23 minutes following a typical break from scrum-half Greg Goodfellow.
Redruth grabbed the lead on 28 minutes as flanker Ben Priddey finished off a fine move involving Rule and wing Rhodri McAtee, Rule couldn’t add the extras leaving Redruth with the advantage at half-time 12-7.
However, Rule was on target with a 30-metre penalty just after half-time to increase the Red’s lead to 15-7.
Chinnor struck back almost immediately scoring their second try in the scoreboard corner through wing George Blewitt, Fielding’s conversion attempt being unsuccessful.
Redruth piled the pressure on Chinnor kicking a penalty into the Piggy lane corner and from the lineout laying siege to their line, further penalties saw Chinnor lose lock Andrew Smith the sin bin.
The Reds sensed their opportunity with Cook powering over for his second try of the game. Rule missed with the conversion attempt from wide out.
Shortly after Priddey looked to have scored his second try, but referee Phil Watters ruled that he had lost the ball.
It didn’t appear to be of too much importance as Redruth secured the try-scoring bonus point with a fourth try scored by McAtee from a pass by Goodfellow in Hellfire corner.
Ashley Hosking, on for Rule, saw his conversion rebound back off the cross bar.
Chinnor got a try back through full back Richard Hopwood with Fielding again adding the conversion after 72 minutes.
Hosking then attempted a long-range penalty kick as Redruth looked to deny Chinnor a losing bonus point, but his kick was just short.
Redruth looked to have done enough for the win, but centre Matt Goode’s last gasp try in the scoreboard corner presented Fielding with the chance for Chinnor to secure the win, his excellent kick crushed the Reds and left the Redruth faithful in a state of shock at the final whistle.
Redruth: M Bodilly, D Bonds (B Drew 71), C Bonds, S Parsons, R McAtee, B Rule (A Hosking 61), G Goodfellow, A Strick (C Williams 41), R Brown (N Turner 71), J Tompsett (A Strick 71), D Cook, C Fuca (Capt) (M O’Leary 59), B Priddey, O Hambly, M Bolwell.
Scores – Tries – Cook (2), Priddey, McAtee, Conversion – Rule, Penalty - Rule.
Chinnor: R Hopwood, G Blewitt, M Goode, D Barnes (L Hall 73), L Fielding, W Millett, F Jones; J Winpenny (T Whelan 75), J Townsend (E Vickers 73), J Pickett, T Mowbray, A Smith (S Blewitt) 68, A Tibbatts (A Hastings 68), N Harrison, L Gilbert (Capt).
Scores – Tries – Townsend, G Blewitt, Hopwood, Goode, Conversions – Fielding (3).
Yellow Card – Smith (57).
Referee: Phil Watters (RFU).
Redruth-man-of-the-match: Damien Cook worked hard and scored two excellent tries.