High wind de­nies last-gasp win­ner

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - By STEPHEN TRENCHARD

A TI­TANIC bat­tle in Ox­ford­shire ended all square, de­spite Ross­lyn Park bat­ter­ing away at the Chin­nor line deep into in­jury time.

A crossfield kick was gath­ered by Nev Ed­wards who evaded the de­fence to level the scores. Greg Lound, who had been per­fect from the tee all af­ter­noon had the fi­nal kick to seal the win. His cry of joy as he kicked in­di­cated he was con­fi­dent it was sail­ing over but the wind caused the kick to fall short.

It was look­ing omi­nous for Chin­nor when the Lon­don side took an early lead through Mike McFarlane. Lound con­verted and the lead was dou­bled when Lound spot­ted a gap and stepped through to score.

Chin­nor reg­is­tered with a Caolan Ryan penalty. How­ever, he Ryan had to leave the field with a nasty-look­ing in­jury.

Craig Hol­land con­verted a penalty to nar­row the score to 6-14. Will Bordill then stormed and Hol­land con­verted. Park struck back with two penal­ties be­fore a driv­ing maul led to a try, con­verted by Lound. Chin­nor restarted with a bang, with Hol­land scor­ing a penalty, try and con­ver­sion. Ben Thomas ex­tended the lead and Hol­land con­verted be­fore adding a penalty.

Adam Framp­ton re­sponded be­fore Park’s dra­matic fin­ish.

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