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Blues end the year with loss

Chichester RFC will be looking to kick on in 2019 after ending a disappointing year with a loss.


2018 was not the finest in the history of the Blues on the pitch, with the team falling short in a promotion race before starting this season with just one win in eight.


November brought an upturn in fortunes. Alongside progress on the clubhouse, the first XV clicked into gear with four wins on the bounce with dragged Chi up to mid-table n London South One.


But 2018 ended with two successive losses against sides who on another day they could have defeated.


The latest came last weekend away at Tottonians. The Southampton-based side had been on an awful run of form, losing five on the bounce.


But Blues did not show up for a match played in atrocious conditions and ended up on the wrong side of a 42-12 scoreline.


That defeat means Chi head into the festive break in tenth in the 14-team division, two places and two points above last weekend’s victors.


They return to action on January 5 when promotion- chasing Medway make the trip south to Oaklands Park.


In Hampshire Premier, third-place Bognor RFC also have a fortnight off for the festive period.


The Purple and Greens nearly went into Christmas on the ultimate high as they came within a whisker of defeating league leaders Basingstoke at Hampshire Avenue last weekend.


Both sides were at their physical best in testing conditions. But it was the visitors who scored first, taking a 5-0 lead into half time.


After the break, Bognor emerged energised and prop Chris Webb took advantage, carrying three Stoke defenders across the line with him to put the home side 7-5 up.


Basingstoke hit back and scored two quick tries to take a 7-15 lead.


The home side did not give up, however. Joshua Burgess took a quick penalty and slipped the ball to Paddy Burnett who crossed. 14-15.


Fly half Dave Sweeney then missed a penalty in the dying minutes. A scrum on the five metre line followed but Bognor could not cross to seal a memorable win.

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