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Chichester suffer shock defeat at the strugglers

Chichester lost 16-8 to bottom of the league Beckenham in National One South.

 

It was a disappointing result on their return to Kent after running league leaders Westcombe Park close last time out.

 

Traffic problems meant the team only arrived an hour before kick-off.

 

Chi made six changes from the previous game. Josh Cameron and Chris Johnson came into the pack, Matt McLagan, Tom Blewitt and Toby Golds returned in the backs with Ben Deavall on the bench. Joe Woods made his 100th 1st XV appearance.

 

Beckenham went 6-0 ahead through fifth and 13th-minute penalties.
Despite playing in the opposition half for long periods, Chi were dominated in the scrum and could not find a way through a determined Beckenham defence.

 

Blues did get on the scoreboard after 24 minutes from a Blewitt penalty but Beckenham replied with a well-worked try finished by the left wing under the posts to lead 13-3.

 

A scrappy second half saw Beckenham lose a player to the sin-bin after 52 minutes.

 

On 68 minutes Chi pulled back to 13-8 through a Liam Rowland try after he chased down a Rhys Thompson hack forward.

 

Beckenham added another penalty to go 16-8 up and despite losing another player to the sin-bin, Chi failed with two penalties to find another score to pick up a bonus point.

 

Chi are at home to the Honourable Artillery Company at Oaklands Park tomorrow (2pm KO).

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