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Battling Blues look to ease fears of the drop in crunch Chobham clash

Chichester RFC’s rollercoaster season rolls on as the Blues just can’t seem to shake off relegation talk.

 

The Oaklands Park side are tenth in the 14-team London South One, just five points above the bottom three.

 

Blues missed out on the chance to extend that gap when they suffered a 31-26 reverse at London Cornish last weekend.

 

Even though Chi came back from south west London with a losing bonus point, it is wins which are needed to ease any nerves.

 

Paul Colley’s side can do that tomorrow when they welcome ninth-place Chobham to Oaklands (2.30pm).

 

After suffering two defeats in a row, Chi will want to recapture the killer instinct which they displayed in early February when they defeated local rivals Havant and league leaders Brighton in consecutive weeks.

 

Blues started well against Cornish with scrum half Harry Seaman diving over for an early try. The hosts hit back with two scores but a penalty and drop kick from fly half Henry Anscombe along with a Declan Johnson try put Blues in at the break 14-18 up.

 

After the turnaround, Cornish came out the stronger and scored their third to take the lead.

 

Matt McLagan put Chi back in front but the hosts replied just four minutes later. 28-23.

 

Anscombe added a penalty but, despite Cornish being reduced to 14, Blues just could not find the killer instinct and convert a long possession in the opposing 22. Instead it was the hosts who rounded off the scoring leaving Blues to rue what could have been.

 

In Hampshire Premier, second-place Bognor will look to extend their winning run to seven when they welcome Fareham Heathens to Hampshire Avenue tomorrow (2.30pm).

 

The Purple and Greens beat Portsmouth IIs 54-23 away last time out.

 

–Chichester RFC paid tribute to former club president Derek Parker who passed away last week.

 

Derek, who was chairman and then president from 1978 to 1988, was instrumental in designing and building the first permanent home for the club.

 

A club statement said: “Derek took great interest in everyday matters and for many years refereed the lower sides in his own inimitable style. A true clubman and a true Chichester RFC man.”

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