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Run over but coach says Chi are on the way up

Chichester’s three-match winning streak ended at leaders Westcombe Park but head coach Scott Ashley is pleased with his side’s progress in London One South this season.

 

The Blues pushed their Kent rivals, who are a point above Havant, all the way before finally having to settle for two bonus points.

 

An upset looked on the cards when Chi hit back to take the lead in the second half but Park re-established their advantage and saw the game out for a 33-29 victory.

 

Chichester’s try scorers were Rhys Thompson, Pete Farrow, Harry Seaman and Sam Drayson. Taff Davies kicked the rest of the points.

 

Ashley said: “It was one of those games for us where we came in on a run of form.

 

“We beat Havant recently and also picked up our first away of the season at KCS Old Boys, so we knew we were in the right place.

 

“It was a case of we had nothing to lose, everybody expected them to win, so we thought let’s take it to them, and that’s exactly what we did.”

 

The hosts led 19-10 at half-time but Chi made some tactical adjustments and got their game going.

 

Ashley said: “They are a very strong team and well drilled. Their back three, in fact all their backs, were very good and made their team.

 

“Our half-time changes allowed us to play the style we wanted to and we got in front with about 20 minutes to go but they came back to take the win.

 

“We managed to keep within the seven-point losing margin to gain a point as well as get our four tries for the other point.”

 

The bigger picture is looking bright for the Oaklands Park club says Ashley.

 

He told The Post: “Every point is vital and we are far better placed this year as we are in the top eight and eight points clear of the next side below us, which is a massive boost for us.

 

“We only need two more points to achieve what we finished with last season in this league.

 

“The youth is coming through now and it is just getting the cohesion so they can hit the ground running.

 

“It is very positive and where I want us to be as head coach. This is where we want to be for the second half of the season.”

 

The game was given an extra edge as former Chichester head coach Rob Lawrence is director of rugby at Westcombe Park.

 

Chichester head to Beckenham tomorrow.

 

Ashley added: “It’s a good chance for us to get another five points as they are bottom of the table.”

 

Chichester: Drayson, Makasi, Woods, Blount, O’Callaghan, Spriggs, Polhill (capt.), Waqanisua, Seaman, G.Davies, Hopkins, Baker, Thompson, Rowland, O.Davies, Magda, Farrow, McKenzie-Lowrie.

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