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New Milton pay the penalty to lose late against Chichester

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Hampshire Premier

Chichester RFC II 25
New Milton RFC 24

NEW Milton lost a tight contest to a well-coached Chichester side that benefitted greatly from the visitors’ indiscipline at the breakdown.

The infringements allowed Chichester to keep the try count level throughout the match before they kicked a late penalty to seal the win.

Chichester quickly settled into their game, and they immediately followed up their kick-off to retain possession and touch down for a try.

New Milton's Ramon Mallette scored his side's first try (photo: Tristan Jones)
New Milton's Ramon Mallette scored his side's first try (photo: Tristan Jones)

Milton responded forcefully, and the backs used the ball well, passing quickly out from a scrum for Ramon Mallette to run through and score.

After a period of pressure in the Chichester 22, a missed pass allowed the ball to run free, which was hacked towards the try line by Fin Wood, who won the race to touch down before it went dead.

Adam Lavis stepped up and converted to give his side a 12-5 lead.

A short kick-off by Milton gifted a scrum to Chichester, and an infringement at the resulted in New Milton having to defend a five-metre lineout after conceding a penalty. Eventually, the hosts’ pressure told, and the forwards gained the touchdown.

Milton responded quickly, and a penalty award gave them a lineout just outside the Chichester 22. The forwards pushed towards the line before Tom Gould broke away and ran through multiple tackle attempts before he was stopped just short of the line. Jack Corbett managed to retain possession before going over for the try.

Chichester exerted some pressure and eventually secured a five-metre lineout. They gained the upper hand and scored a converted try to bring the scores level.

Another penalty award from a ruck infringement gave possession to Chichester in the Milton 22. A lovely passing move saw the Chichester backs to run in and score; the conversion failed, just bouncing off the upright.

Milton won a scrum on the Chichester 22, and they ran the ball attacking the line and passing out to Zac Smith, who broke through to touch down. The player of the match, Adam Lavis, converted the try well to regain the lead.

However, Chichester quickly won and scored yet another penalty straight from the kick-off to gain a one-point victory.

New Milton: L. Booker, J. Lines, D. Smith, J. Corbett, B. Steers, G. Short, J. Hulbert, T. Gould, C. Wood, A. Lavis, A. Everett-Bolter, F. Wood, C. Hammerstone, R. Mallette, Z. Smith, M. Harburn, H. Goodfellow.

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