Chichester picked up a losing bonus point in a 22-19 defeat at Dartfordians in London One South.
Chichester made six changes to the team that drew at home to Medway. Richard Ives and Ben Polhill came into the pack, Matt McLagan, Tom Knight and Gareth Davies returned in the backs with debutant George Booth making his 1st XV debut on the bench.
Dartfordians kicked off up the slope into the wind. An early penalty and yellow card for the hosts allowed Chi to kick for touch and from the lineout Chris Johnson was driven over the line by the pack. Tom Blewitt converted (0-7).
Still a man down, Dartfordians infringed close to their 22 metre line and Blewitt put another kick into touch close to a corner. Blues reprised their lineout play and this time Harry Seaman got the try but the conversion was missed (0-12).
Dartfordians tried to run the ball at every opportunity and finally found a way through the Chichester defence to score an unconverted try (5-12).
Chi added a third try just before half-time when from a scrum ten metres out good work from Blewitt, Seaman and Baz Magda saw the ball advanced to the try line for Nick Blount to drive over.
Blewitt converted (5-19 half-time).
Hopes of a bonus point win faded after the break. Chi had a player sin-binned after two minutes and Dartfordians added a second try on 50 minutes (10-19). On 61 minutes Dartfordians crossed for a third try, which was converted (17-19).
With less than four minutes left, and with sleet driving down the pitch, the Dartfordians pack drove over for a bonus point try and the win (22-19).
Chichester: Drayson, Ives, Woods, Magda, Blount, Makasi, Polhill (capt.), Johnson, Seaman, Thompson, McLagan, Blewitt, Rowland, Knight, Davies, Deavall, Spriggs, Booth.
Chichester’s next match is on Saturday March 21 when Thurrock visit (2.30pm KO).