Struggling Chelmsford give themselves fighting chance of staying up

Simon Hoult's kicking inspired Chelmsford to victory

Simon Hoult's kicking inspired Chelmsford to victory - Credit: Archant

Four well-taken penalty goals from fly half, Simon Hoult, proved to be the difference as Chelmsford defeated Barking, 12-5, in a tense London 1 relegation battle.

Chelmsford 12

Barking 5

Four well-taken penalty goals from fly half, Simon Hoult, proved to be the difference as Chelmsford defeated Barking, 12-5, in a tense London 1 relegation battle.

Chelmsford deserved to win the game, mainly because they never gave in, and have given themselves a fighting chance


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There were also some periods of play where the visitors put pressure on, but Chelmsford didn’t panic and their defence held firm.

Chelmsford played up the slope in the first half and knew that defeat would almost certainly leave them with too much ground to make up in the table.

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Chelmsford started off the stronger and Barking found themselves on the wrong side of the referee’s whistle, with a penalty count of 10–4 against them in the 1st half.

Six minutes into the game, Hoult slotted home a penalty from 35 metres out and was successful with a further penalty on 32 minutes to take Chelmsford into a 6-0 lead.

Some early pressure from Chelmsford in the second half saw the ball held up on the Barking line, and Hoult kicked his third penalty of the game to take the hosts into a 9-0 lead with 20 minutes to go.

Both scrum half Ben Bayley and fly half Hoult then put in some good clearance and touch kicks to keep Barking penned in their own half, but a good 10-minute spell by the visitors, saw their bigger forwards drive hard and they were eventually rewarded with an unconverted try from a line out.

Chelmsford led 9–5 and a further Hoult penalty in the 37th minute of the game increased the home side’s lead.

n Chelmsford Ladies team are currently looking for players of all ages and experience.

Should anyone be interested, then please contact captain, Mini Nowlan. Her email address is: crfcladies@gmail.com Twitter: @crfcladies and facebook: Chelmsford Ladies Rugby.

Training is held on Tuesdays at the club, starting at 7.30pm.

Director of coaching, Eddie Gooby, said: “This was a typical bottom of the table game, both teams were lacking in confidence but the players coped brilliantly with the pressure and deserved the victory.”

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