Norwich let lead over Chingford slip

Norwich suffered a second straight London Two North defeat as a powerful Chingford side came away with the points.

Norwich 10, Chingford 31

Norwich suffered a second straight London Two North defeat as a powerful Chingford side came away with the points.

The hosts made an excellent start, forcing Chingford to concede an early penalty that Mark Hill duly converted.

Chingford began to show glimpses of their game plan as they increased their forward driving but the Norwich defence was able to cope with the onslaught.

The forward battle was fierce and after 11 minutes a Chingford player was sent to the sin-bin. This was a period during which Norwich had to take advantage of their numerical advantage and they piled on the pressure. They were awarded a penalty but the kick was missed.

Hill then made a good break but Chingford were just able to touch the ball down in time. The Norwich backs stretched the play and Ball had the line at his mercy but when the 'try' was scored the referee disallowed it for a crossing infringement.

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Norwich continued to press and forced Chingford into a scrummage infringement. Neil Harris took a quick tap penalty and offloaded to Dolding who fed lock forward Gareth Leake to score after a brilliant swerving run. This made the score 10-0 but Norwich were to rue the ten missed points of this phase.

Chingford returned to full strength and immediately put on the pressure. They contrived a forward drive in the form of a rolling maul that went at least 15 metres and enabled Bowlin to score a try that Kurt Forward converted. This made the score 10-7 and signalled the end of 25 minutes of Norwich domination.

The home possession was leading nowhere and after a technical scrummage infringement, Ashton took a quick tap free kick and charged unopposed over the Norwich line to score a try that Forward again converted to give Chingford the lead at half-time.

Within a minute of the re-start Chingford went further ahead when Weaver touched down his own chip ahead and Forward converted.

The visitors maintained the pressure with some swinging moves before Forward increased the lead with a well taken drop goal.

With 25 minutes left Woodhouse was introduced and his driving runs gave Chingford something to think about. Chingford captain Williams was sent to the bin and Norwich brought Masdin on at scrum-half.

This all led to a period of frantic Norwich pressure but the Chingford defence was well organised and held firm.

In the eighth minute of added time Forward took a quick tap penalty to put Gavan in for the final score of the game.