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Cheltenham North 12 Camp Hill 10

CAMP Hill must win tomorrow’s local derby with Solihull at Portway (3pm) to stand any chance of staying in Midlands Two West.

CAMP Hill must win tomorrow’s local derby with Solihull at Portway (3pm) to stand any chance of staying in Midlands Two West.

Last week they suffered a narrow 12-10 defeat against fellow-strugglers Cheltenham leaving them rock bottom with two games remaining.

After a thoroughly forgettable first half, punctuated by countless errors, Camp Hill’s second half renaissance could and should have brought victory.

In a scrappy opening, the hosts went ahead in the 14th minute through a try from left wing John Morrison who added the conversion to give his side a 7-0 advantage.

Camps were a little fortunate that Morrison then missed two kickable penalties which saw the score unchanged at the interval.

Within four minutes of the re-start the hosts chose a scrum from another penalty from which their blindside flanker collected and went over.

Camps stepped up their game and maintained control of the ball, regularly threatening North’s line but without reward.

Scrum half Ian Briggs kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit to 12-3.

The hosts managed to survive wave after wave of Camp Hill attacks until centre Steve Leach eventually found a way through to touch down with Briggs adding the conversion.

The remaining minutes of stoppage time saw a desperate final attempt by Camps to steal the points but North held on – and now victory tomorrow is vital for Camps.

 

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