Chinnor Match Report | Sale FC Dug Deep Against High Flying Chinnor

Sale FC dug deep against high flying Chinnor, unbeaten in their previous 7 away fixtures, to record a highly creditable win.

By Bob Smith 

Sale FC took on 3rd-placed Chinnor Rugby as they revisited Heywood Rd for only the third tie time in 2020- looking to extend a good home record. Revisit our Matchday Preview to find out more!

Sale FC Starting XV v Chinnor

Sale were quickly on the front foot with full back Tom Brady in action from the off, taking control of the ball to run back at the Chinnor defence, with Jeremy To’a and Chris Johnson keeping the momentum going, Brady was on hand again to make for the line, scrum half Matt Bradley in support to take the pass and score. Johnsons’ conversion giving Sale a 7 point lead after just 2 minutes play.

Matt Bradley relishes his 1st Minute Try

Sale continued to control the game, the forwards dominant as the pitch began to cut up. An injury to Chinnor prop Josh McNulty held up the game for some time, when play resumed, Sale kept up the pressure on the visitors who were relieved to win a penalty enabling them to move out of their own half.

Chinnor began to take some control of the game, levelling on 22 minutes following some explosive running by winger Jason Worrall, flanker James Tyas forcing his way over to score, Laurence May converting.

From that point, the visitors took the upper hand- their pack, having frequent success from lineout drives, eventually applying sufficient pressure to draw a yellow card for Sales’ Johnson.

Matt Talaese confronts the Chinnor 9







The referee address the captains






The numerical advantage might have been telling but for a touch of skullduggery in the loose which resulted in a Sale penalty enabling them to relieve the pressure. The 14 men fought hard to keep the visitors at bay, until a penalty award enabled Chinnor to kick to within 10 metres of the Sale line. Now restored to 15 men, Sale were unable to contain the Chinnor pack, hooker Nick Selway scoring, May adding the extras on the stroke of half time.

Sale closed the gap on 49 minutes as substitute hooker Juan Pablo Rivas broke clear in midfield, Jack Moorhouse in close attendance took the ball on and found Patrick Ah Van on the wing who dived over in the corner.

Sale continued to play expansive rugby, whenever possible, regaining the lead on 53 minutes, Moorhouse again at the heart of the action linking with To’a, supported by Johnson with a clear run to the posts converting his own try to take the score to Sale 19-Chinnor 14.

Huge hit from Tom Brady on Chinnor Fullback

Into the last quarter Sale extended their lead with a Johnson penalty but were soon down to 14 men when Pablo Rivas was yellow carded. Chinnor looking for a try to take the points spurned opportunities for 3 points. Sale, however had other ideas and superbly organised defence combined with a massive physical effort brought the home side a  well-earned victory.


Matchday Photos
Courtesy of Gareth Lyons- More Match photos here!

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