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Chelmsford Ladies
Bury St Edmunds Foxes Ladies
Sun 5 Nov 14:00 - RFUW NC 1 (& Above) - NC East 1 Full time

Chelmsford Ladies 5 Bury St. Edmunds Foxes 22

A good and deserved victory

Chelmsford Ladies 5 Bury St. Edmunds Foxes 22

The Foxes turned up at Chelmsford full of confidence given their recent run of good results, ready to take the game to the home team. This confidence was though somewhat ameliorated by a degree of trepidation, given that in this game of rugby, anything can happen.

With the slope in their favour, the Foxes understandable trepidation was noticeable from the kick-off and in the first five minutes the Foxes gifted possession to the home team at almost every opportunity. Luckily, Chelmsford were unable to capitalise on their good fortune and so gradually the Foxes were able to exert pressure on the home team.

Following good work by Holly Fifield, the whole team worked hard to spread the ball wide to give right wing, Rebecca Calver the first real scoring opportunity which she took with both hands to open her and the Foxes scoring account. With the conversion sliding wide of the posts, the Foxes lead 0-5. Would this opening score settle the Foxes down or would it galvanise the home team?

Very quickly it became clear that Chelmsford were going to fight all the way and so it was no surprise when following a period of domination and camped in and around the Foxes 22’, Chelmsford eventually broke through to bring the teams level at 5-5.

The game was clearly there to be won by whichever side could exert the most pressure on their opponents and take up good field positions and convert pressure into points. Luckily it was the Foxes who found space to run into when firstly, Holly Fifield ran determinedly though the home defence to cross the try line and give the Foxes the lead, 5-10. Next to add points was Steph Durrant, following some good handling by a number of the team, with Captain Kelly adding the extra points.

At half-time, the Foxes were winning a close fought game by 5-17 and with the Foxes playing up the slope in the second half, was that sufficient advantage to give this developing squad a chance of running out winners at the final whistle?

No need to fear. The Foxes are made of sterner stuff than you would think. Somehow the team took almost total ownership of the game, winning the battle for position and the contests for possession. The game was now controlled very much by the visiting team with a number of outstanding performances with Player of the Match, Jasmine Cook, leading the way with superb tackling and outstanding ball carrying.
In the end, this was an easier second half than expected, born out of a vastly improved performance by everyone. The only score in the second-half was by Rebecca Calver crossing the line again to add her second try of the day following a period of sustained pressure and some excellent work by the team.

The final score was Chelmsford 5 Bury Foxes 22. A good and deserved victory but with three games on the bounce it will be interesting to see if this second half performance can be taken forward against Southwold next Sunday, following the Foxes having to coach themselves this week as their reward for having played so well. Who needs coaches?

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Harwich & Dovercourt Owls Ladies 4 18
2. Woodbridge Amazons Ladies 4 15
3. Bury St Edmunds Foxes Ladies 4 13
4. Chelmsford Ladies 4 5
5. Southwold Swallows Ladies 4 5
6. Lakenham Hewett Ladies 4 0

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