Nick Selway’s maul denied Rosslyn Park a comeback win against Chinnor in a blustery affair at Kingsey Road.
Josh Amadi and Ryan Roach both got their first tries for the club, adding to Arthur Ellis’ sixth try in four games. But two late sin-bins for Stewart Maguire and Dan Laventure allowed the home side to drive a maul in the last minutes, adding to Joe Rees and Jason Worrall’s tries.
Chinnor jumped off the blocks and earned a penalty after just three minutes, top-scorer Laurence May finding the posts from 10 metres out.
Park, though, did not let this slide as Ellis led a charge at the restart, blocking May’s clearance kick and chasing it down before sliding across the muddy turf to the line. Greg Lound, with 21 points in his last three games, added the extras into the winds of Storm Jorge.
That was the last Park saw of Chinnor’s half, though, as the home side pitched camp with wide play and aggressive set pieces. This resulted in another penalty on 20 minutes for not rolling away, which May dispatched from the 22-metre line.
Continuous attack on Park’s line ended with a breakthrough on the half-hour, Rees finishing a series of pick-and-go moves on the left.
While May could not add the extras, he grabbed a penalty hat-trick on 37 minutes after a high tackle. The home side finished with a flourish as National League 1 top-scorer Worrall found space in the right corner with the last move of the half.
The half-time gave Park salvation – but also a turn in fortunes.
Kieran Power’s side stretched Chinnor before a series of drives pushed Roach over the line under the posts, with Lound kicking from a short distance.
And the London side pounced again within seven minutes when Sam Yawayawa’s loose pass was pounced on by Nick Scott, who booted the ball downfield and raced with Will Harries. But substitute Amadi came out of nowhere to tear past both of them, covering the distance in seven seconds for the third try as Lound’s kick gave Park the lead.
The No.10 had the chance to extend the lead with 10 minutes to go from a penalty but his strike flew wide. It was not meant to be when Maguire was sin-binned for an offside interception and Laventure for pulling down at a lineout within minutes, Selway’s drive sealing the game.
Chinnor Tries: Rees 29, Worrall 40, Selway 78 Conversions: Penalties: May 4, 20, 37 Sin Bins:
Replacements: Dan Laventure for Twomey 17; Paul Doran-Jones for Maguire 40; Josh Amadi for Munro 40; Maguire for Wade 56; Mike Kovacic for Freeman 59; Freeman for Ellis A 67
Attendance: 600 Referee: Alex Thomas HT: 19-7 Star Man: Nick Scott – Rosslyn Park
Results Birmingham Moseley 14-26 Plymouth Albion Bishop’s Stortford P-P Cindeford Blackheath 12-3 Cambridge Chinnor 24-21 Rosslyn Park Darlington Mowden Park 34-15 Sale Hull Ionians 6-26 Old Elthamians Rams 25-20 Rotherham Titans Richmond 27-10 Canterbury
National League 1 table
Richmond extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points after Rosslyn Park’s loss.
Kieran Power’s side remain second with a losing bonus, two points clear of conquerors Chinnor.
Rams’ five-point deduction for supplying incorrect information over their players’ payment was activated, losing the points from their four-try win over Rotherham Titans and staying fourth.
Blackheath’s battling win over Cambridge keeps them fifth, still three points ahead of Darlington Mowden Park who also won.
Plymouth Albion jump to seventh with two consecutive wins, overtaking winning Old Elthamians and losing Cambridge.
Cinderford’s third postponed game of the season keeps them 10th, three points ahead of scheduled opponents Bishop’s Stortford. Sale and Brimingham Moseley remain 12thand 13th respectively, suffering heavy losses.
Titans gained a losing bonus on their travels to Old Bath Road, reducing the gap to safety to five points.
Canterbury and Hull Ionians make up the bottom of the table, with no points change.
Richmond preview Park play out a table-topping clash with their London rivals under the Friday Night Lights on March 6.
Kieran Power’s side, though, are now 10 points behind as the league leaders beat Canterbury for a 11th consecutive win.
Fans will fondly remember the 18-13 win in the reverse fixture – but Richmond’s last visit to The Rock in 2015 ended 24-33.