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New Milton see off Chichester II

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Hampshire Premier
New Milton RFC 35
Chichester RFC II 12

NEW Milton returned to winning ways and gained a measure of revenge, defeating Chichester seconds who had snatched a late win earlier in the season with the final kick of the game.

Having lost seven of their last eight matches, the hosts came into the game with a point to prove, and they delighted their support by outscoring Chichester by six tries to two.

New Milton were quickly on the attack, and from a scrum on halfway, the backs moved the ball along the line to Alex Everett-Bolter.

New Milton's Lewis Waugh touches down (photo: Tristan Jones)
New Milton's Lewis Waugh touches down (photo: Tristan Jones)

Everett-Bolter managed to break through and carry the ball to the five-metre line. From the resulting ruck, Milton won a penalty which Adam Lavis converted.

Chichester responded well and exerted some pressure inside the hosts’ 22. However, penalties allowed New Milton to clear their lines and win a line-out.

The forwards caught and drove towards the try-line before winning a penalty which scrum-half Callum Wood took quickly to run over and score.

New Milton were playing lovely rugby, and they soon gained possession from the restart before slick hands allowed Lavis to run through to touch down.

A series of penalties allowed Chichester to attack Milton’s try-line, and after a period of Milton defence, they broke through to touch down for a 13-5 half-time score.

After the break, Milton quickly got themselves back on the scoreboard when Sam Bew burst through the defence to score after winning a line-out.

Then another penalty gave New Milton possession, which they fed through the backs before Everett-Bolter showed his finishing skills to cross the try-line. Connor Hammerstone then slotted the conversion through the posts.

Chichester showed they were still in the game when a decent move broke through the Milton defence and a converted try was scored.

The hosts were soon back in the Chichester 22, and player-of-the-match Bew blasted through a raft of attempted tackles to score his brace.

Milton created pressure on the Chichester try-line in the match’s final moments and won a penalty. Bew took it quickly before releasing a fast-approaching Lewis Waugh, who took all attempted tacklers with him to touch down.

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