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Stags just two games from Twickenham
CHESHAM Stags are celebrating the biggest triumph in their history after they were crowned Southern Counties Junior Vase winners for the first time in their history.
The Bucks Vase winners overcame Dorset’s Lytchett Minster 12-6 to take the title and move to within two games of Twickenham.
President Cliff Davies said: “This is quite a major feat for a small club.
“Most of the team on Saturday have come through the minis and juniors, they’ve been here since then were nine or ten years old.
“So this is the culmination if ten years of effort from everybody, parents and coaches.
“It all came to fruition on Saturday and there were tears from a quite a few people when the final whistle went.”
Chesham, who received a bye to the Southern Counties Final, will now host Newent from Gloucestershire on February 23 in what is effectively the national quarter-finals – the South West Divisional Junior Vase Final.
If they win that and then just one more game, the London and South West Junior Final, they’ll be going to Twickenham for the first time in their history.
Davies said: “The team we played on Saturday were top of their league and winning all their matches by about 60 points.
“It’s all on the day now, and there is no reason why we can’t go all the way.”
Chesham survived an early onslaught when Lytchett knocked on crossing the whitewash, but gradually they established a foothold in the match and edged in front through a Tom Hirst penalty after 25 minutes.
Hirst repeated the trick just before half time to build a 6-0 lead.
That became 9-0 early in the second half and he slotted his fourth kick either side of Lytchett penalties to see his side over the line.
On Saturday they resume their BB&O Championship promotion bid at Aldermaston.
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