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Eastern Counties undone by late try at Cheshire in county championship

Ben Penfold was on form with the boot for Eastern Counties. Picture: Rich Marsham
Ben Penfold was on form with the boot for Eastern Counties. Picture: Rich Marsham

Eastern Counties suffered a last-minute 26-25 defeat to Cheshire in the opening Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship, Division One North game of the campaign.

Cheshire took the lead with an unconverted try, but Eastern Counties bounced back as Bury St Edmunds’ Will Scholes charged down a clearance to touch down. Ben Penfold landed the conversion to make it 7-5.

Eastern Counties extended their lead through a close-range try from Shelford’s Henry Cowling, but Cheshire responded to make it 12-12 at half time.

After half time, Ipswich’s Chris Kolapo dotted down and Penfold’s extras made it 19-12.

The see-saw nature continued as Cheshire pulled it back to 19-19.

Penfold kicked two penalties to make it 25-19, but a late try from Cheshire saw them seal victory.

Eastern Counties are at home at Cambridge’s Volac Park this Saturday (May 11) and will be up against Lancashire, who defeated Durham 73-7 last weekend.

Eastern Counties women suffered a 20-14 defeat to Notts, Lincs and Derby in the Gill Burns Division Two Championship (Pool Two).

Eastern Counties’ points came through a penalty try and a touch down from captain Lizell Heather, but it was their second defeat this season.

Their last pool game is against Oxfordshire at home at Stowmarket RFC on Sunday, kick off 1pm.

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