A Match of Two Acts
Chiswick RFC's season starts with a bang - Mill Hill 5 Chiswick 21
The season started with a bang for Chiswick, resplendent in new gear, with the late September warmth persuading players to throw the ball around.
This is Chiswick’s metier, and it was no surprise when they went into the lead after ten minutes. Seizing upon a loose opposition kick, Chiswick’s No 8 Nick Pritchard roared off downfield, with Mill Hill players bouncing off him. Succumbing eventually to sheer weight of numbers, Nick got the ball to scrum half Will Ulstein. Will whipped it out to Lee Miller on the left wing, and after cutting sharply in, Lee gave a short pass to Mark Jones, who sped diagonally through a despairing defence, leaving bodies lying all over the home half of the field, to score near the right corner. Keith Luckman got a good conversion.
After Mill Hill had missed an easy penalty kick, good defensive work by new flanker Rory Fletcher and lock Mike Sampson led to the ubiquitous Pritchard coming away with the ball and slipping an exquisite pass to Miller well within the Chiswick half. The winger showed a clean pair of heels to the defence, rounding the last cover and touching down under the posts. Luckman again converted.
Full of confidence, Chiswick began to put more consistent pressure on the home team, and it was Pritchard again who got behind the home pack, as they tried to open up after a good maul, chipped the ball on, retrieved it himself and gave another scoring pass to Jones. Luckman added the points and all looked fair for a cricket score. Unfortunately, Pritchard had taken a knock, and had to be substituted. Twenty-five minutes in and end of Act one.
The first half finished with Mill Hill camped on the Chiswick line, and only good work by Ulstein and by Ben Maguire, who relieved a home forward of the ball after he had crossed the try line prevented a deserved home score.
Chiswick team :- Donaldson, Nicholls, Betts, Sampson, Nicolle ( Pickering E ), Maguire, Fletcher, Pritchard ( Pickering A ), Ulstein, Luckman, Miller, Coffey, Jones, Edgson ( Slattery ), Hammond
September 25, 2006