Chorley 20-16 Haven
By Dave Farrell
Haven suffered a disappointing
defeat to a rejuvinated Chorley. Minus the injured Aaron Lester
, Mark Jackson starting and with Mark Cox back we looked to continue
our bright start to the new season but must have been surprised
by a composed and motivated home team.
Optimism is in the air at Victory
Park and that was evident in the way Chorley took the early play
to the Haven .
We had hardly settled when
poor tackling allowed Warrington Loanee Dale Cardoza to race
in from 20 yards , the extras were added . But we were back on
terms 10 minutes later with a good touchdown from David Seeds
. Paul ONeill converted and it was 6 all. However even then we
didnt look convincing . Rob Purdham tried to take the team forward
but sadly no one else was able to do the same as the absence
of Aaron became increasingly apparent .
Poor defence saw another Wolves loanee John Duffy score a converted
try after 27 minute . But worse was to follow two minutes later
, a harmless kick on the last tackle was not cleared up by the
Haven defender and the Chorley winger Redicliffe nipped in to
pick up the loose ball and score 16-6 . A converted penalty saw
Haven 18-6 in arrears at the half and with a second half mountain
to climb .
The second half started with haven showing much more enthusiasm
, though they were now playing catch up football and continued
to make mistakes . The introduction of subs Phil Sherwen and
Gary Smith gave the team rather more go forward . Indeed it was
strong running from Gary for a try that saw us reduce the gap
with 20 minutes remaining .18 -12 . On a rare visit into our
half Chorley were awarded a dubious penalty but converted to
extend their lead to 20-12. Then with 8 minute remaining David
Seeds got his second try to round off sustained Haven pressure
We looked as though we might do a Town when Mark Jackson charged
down a Chorley kick and set off hacking the ball towards the
Chorley goal line .He was obstructed by several Chorley defenders
, but by the time we got the ball back in ball the opportunity
had gone and the homesters hung on for a suprise win.
Paul Cullen decribed the perfomance as miserable , he now has
a massive job of rallying the team for the crucial Boxing day
derby with the Town , who after today must be fancying their
chances at the Recre .