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Chichester given a fright by strugglers

Chichester RFC were given a major scare by bottom of the league Dartfordians.


The Blues were grateful to see a last-play drop-goal attempt from Dartfordians drift wide of the posts as they won 27-26 in London One South at Oaklands Park.


The hosts had a perfect start when early pressure resulted in Ben Robson kicking through the Darts defence to touch down after just 66 seconds. Tom Blewitt converted from out wide.


But despite failing to win any of their previous nine matches, the visitors gave Chichester a thorough examination and utilised their powerful forwards well.


They levelled the scores with a converted try following a maul.


Chichester restored their lead from the restart after Chris Johnson turned the ball over before Harry Seaman, Gareth Davies and Rhys Thompson combined to put Sam Trodd in for an unconverted try.


Darts hit back with their own unconverted try five minutes before half-time.


The visitors piled on late pressure. Blues conceded a succession of penalties before the referee reduced them to 14 men with a yellow card and Darts kicked three more points to lead 15-12 at the turnaround.


Darts increased their advantage to 18-12 with another penalty in front of the posts five minutes after the break.


A Thompson burst led to a Chi penalty nailed by Blewitt before Darts had a player sin-binned after Blues had returned to full strength.


Blues kicked for the corner and after some hard graft Joe Woods went over to put them 20-18 in front. Darts again responded, kicking another penalty to set up a grandstand finale.


Johnson’s run from his own 22 eventually led to Thompson adding Chi’s fourth try, converted by Blewitt.


Darts threw everything at Blues in the last 20 minutes, scoring another unconverted try after the hosts had another player sin-binned but were unable to get another point on the board.


Chi will have to up their game tomorrow when they head to 11th-placed Thurrock, who have won three matches compared to Chi’s five so far during this campaign.


Bognor entertain Fareham Heathens tomorrow in Hampshire Premier going for a fourth straight win.


They are sixth in the table after recording a 39-8 victory at lowly Eastleigh II.


Bognor ran away with the game after the break.


Dan Robinson got two tries while Luke Inkle, Sam Newcombe and Connor Herrington also all dotted down for the Purple and Greens.


Jeremy Newton added points off the tee.


Skipper Josh Burgess said: “It was a slow start and it was only 6-3 at half-time.


“We turned up the tempo in the second half. Our set-piece was very strong while Freddie Burgess was our man-of-the-match.”

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