The Cannons welcomed Wimbledon to Chobham in a winner takes all, double point extravaganza, after the home side turned down a walkover victory earlier in the season.
The home side grew as the first half progressed with Tim Woods exerting huge pressure at scrum time and the Cannon’s bash brothers centre pairing of Ben Puttock and Nieem Khan regularly making inroads through the midfield. The home side were clinical in attack and well contacted in defence, resulting in three unanswered tries by half time, through Khan, Puttock and Woods. With two conversions from Peever the scoreboard read 19-0 and the Cannons just needed one more try for the scoring bonus point.
The second half began in the same vein and within 5 minutes James Somper had crossed for the fourth five-pointer. With injuries starting to build up for the home side, a re-gig of the opposition’s front row allowing for some parity in the set piece and more of an open game from both fifteens Wimbledon struck back with a try of their own. After a quickly added second, Chobham calmed nerves by turning over a scrum near the Wimbledon line Adam Peever calmly jinked inside to touch down for a try of his own. The successful conversion took his own tally to 13 points for the afternoon and the scoreboard moved onto 33-10.
Although the visitors had final say, the Cannons controlled possession to see out the game and take all the league points on offer – extending their lead at the top of the Surrey Championship. Next weekend sees another home fixture against Old Reigatians.
Man of the Match: Ben Puttock
Players’ Player: TJ Sims