CHI’S FIRST XV came up just short on their return to league action with a narrow 20-12 defeat to Southend Saxons.
The blue and blue’s had high hopes of securing a third league win of the season against the Essex visitors at Oaklands Park.
A disappointing first half, which included an intercepted breakaway try for Southend, saw Chi go in at the break 17-6 down.
The second period was much better for the blue and blues, with full back Taff Davies slotting over a penalty to reduce the arrears to 17-9. But the sending off of prop Ken Dowding in the second half prevented a comeback, and saw Chi come up 20-12 losers.
All the points for the home side were scored by Taff Davies, who made four penalties. The loss, combined with a recent five point deduction, means Chi remain third bottom of the National League Three London and South East division with seven points.
Next up for the blue and blues is a tough trip to Kent on Saturday as they take on third-placed Tonbridge Juddian.