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Rochford Hundred back on track with crushing triumph
ROCHFORD Hundred returned to winning ways with a 26-3 victory against South Woodham Ferrers at Magnolia Road.
After three successive victories, Hundred suffered a narrow 21-17 defeat against Chelmsford.
But they bounced back at the weekend with another strong performance which should probably have secured a more convincing victory.
Rochford started strongly and went ahead early on with a well-taken try from impressive hooker Scott Chivers which was converted by Tom Ashton.
South Woodham fought back with a penalty kick from Ryan Cumbers and for most of the first half the match was played with both sides trying too hard to gain superiority. Handling errors and turnovers made for a loose and unstructured period of play.
But, just before the break, the stalemate was broken when a lovely piece of individual skill allowed centre Dan Needham space to scorch up the field for a try which Ashton again converted to bring the score to 14-3 at half-time. At the start of the second half, Rochford began to settle and gradually dominated most phases.
The constant pressure eventually paid off when young second row Scott Horsburgh crashed over for a try and Ashton added the extra two points to give Rochford a 21-3 lead.
The emphasis was now on the bonus try point and the home outfit went all out for it, but South Woodham fought all the way and together with some slack Rochford finishing the score stayed the same until the last few minutes.
But, after a series of scrums on the Woodham line, a drive over the try line saw a delighted Scott Horsburgh emerge from all the collapsed bodies to take the try and conclude a satisfying afternoon for Rochford, who now sit second in the London Two North East table.