For the third successive Saturday the Cannons hosted a league fixture with the final opponents in the trilogy of matches being Old Reigatians. The game earlier in the season saw only 8 points separate the two sides and this affair was to turn out to be another close one.
Both sides tested each other early on but could not return from the opposition’s 22 with points. One Chobham attack down the right hand side was abruptly ended by an Old Reigatians hand and the referee took the decision to reduce the visitors to 14 men. Unfortunately the ball was turned over shortly after and much of the time with a man advantage was actually spent in the Cannons own half. The physicality was rising with the opposition taking the direct route through their forwards. They thought they had broken the deadlock from close range only for Adam Peever to strip the ball when in the in-goal area. Chobham did find themselves fall behind shortly after however when Old Reigatians clinically returned a loose kick for a converted try under the posts. Although the home side were again playing against a side with a man in the bin just before half time nothing was to come from it and the score remained at 0-7 at half time.
The second half dished up more of the same with both sides knocking on the door but not troubling the scorekeepers. Chobham were beginning to come back into the match with some more positive carries in the midfield through the forwards and ever hungry Nieem Khan. In one such exchange Alex Gander twisted badly in the tackle with a nasty looking leg injury. This added to further injuries meant a re-jig of personnel. Although the home side kept pushing for their own opening score some ill discipline allowed the Old Reigatians’ centre pinned the Cannons into their own corner. Although Matt Bosworth was able to sack the resulting line out drive a few phases later the opposition prop burrowed over from close range. With time running out and a bonus point still achievable the away team capitalised on a mistake to gain a third converted try. The final whistle blew after the conversion for the game to finish 0-21 and see the Cannons lose at home for the first time this season. Although the result was disappointing there were some positive passages of play and hopefully Chobham can return to winning ways on the road against Rosslyn Park Nomads next weekend.
Man of the match: Nieem Khan
Players’ player: TBC