It was one of those games you could not believe!
By mike kemp
Only 1 point separating these two teams at the start of this game, 1st vs 2nd in the league. It was set to be the league title decider. May and Baker having already beaten Chingford first time around, they knew it was going to be tough going to Chingford for the needed win.
Having been told that the Chingford's 2nd team had their fixture fallen through, May and Bakers expected a few of those second team players in the Chingford 3s team. Chingford did not let us down. A stark difference in ability from a few players, lead everyone to see that they played a higher standard. However, Bakers had the confidence that they could beat any team in front of them.
First half May and Baker where playing into the wind and the sun light. This looked to be a good tactic for Chingford as they scored from their kick off. However, missed the extras. This has the Chingford supporters cheering and going loud.
The next 15 minutes pressure was exerted by both teams, both forwards and backs were up and down the field. Chingford supporters started showing their best form by abusing the May and Baker Players. Bakers then began to play their game, a good move lead to space being created with Daniel Dray going over the line for Bakers first try, Mitch Fallon added the extras. True to form, the Chingford supporters continued to celebrate every mistake from May and Bakers.
Over the next 20 minutes Bakers and Chingford mounted good offence and defence with many scrums during this period. Late on in the first half, a dubious penalty decision allowed Chingford to slot 3 points home.
Half Time. The game is in the balance at 8-7 to the home team.
Bakers stuck to their game plan and dominated Chingford, however the difference in ability of the star player for Chingford, proved the difference in Bakers getting through the Chingford line or not. It looked to all, that the Chingford supporters were having the most fun, singling out one Bakers player more than the others.
The game kept its tempo with great defence by Bakers with some great try saving tackles. In the 75 minute, disaster for Bakers. Bakers in possession just outside their 22 line. A high tackle on the fullback allowed the ball to come loose. Chingford's star player gathered the ball and scored a try, Chingford failed the extras.
This sent the Chingford supporters into overdrive, cheering, celebrating and giving them more abuse, this time is was directed at the subs and Bakers supporters. Chingford were celebrating as they had just won the match.
Bakers heads were down, every one thought it was over. The ref informed Bakers, there was 5 minutes left.
The restart, Chingford received the ball thinking that it was the last place kick the ball out to touch. Big mistake! This gave Bakers a great platform to mount the last attack. From the Bakers line out, a scrum to Chingford, ball not straight.
Min 79, Penalty to Bakers, Chingford not releasing. Scrum down. Bakers make a lot of ground. Now in Chingford's 22, it was all to go for. Chingford offside, Bakers penalty, 15 yards out. Quick tap, go! Big Chingford defence, penalty advantage to Bakers. Head injury, ref stops the game. Bakers were going forward.
Last play, scrum down, 5 yards out. Bakers were 13-7 down and need the converted try to win!
Mitch Fallon, ball in. The first time all game, the May and Bakers pack drove Chingford back, and back they went, over their own line for Mitch Ryan to score the well needed and deserved try. Bakers were ecstatic!
However, The job was not done yet. Mitch Fallon had the weight of the club on his shoulders as Bakers were still one point behind and with no time left on the clock. Mitch Fallon, stepped up, slotted home the extras. The small contingent of May and Bakers fans could be heard for miles. That kick gave bakes a full time win of 14 to 13 over Chingford.
This was the first time all afternoon the Chingford supporters went quiet. It was the first time the supporters resembled rugby supporters! The roars of joy from the Bakers team was one for the ages.
Bakers now only need one point from their final game at home to Eton Manor to guarantee first place.