Chesham Stags have been confirmed champions of Wadsworth 6X Berks/Bucks & Oxon Premiership with a gutsy 41-31 win over Gosford All Blacks

In a high scoring and entertaining game Gosford gave Chesham a hard fought contest.

Straight from the kick off, Gosford were on the attack. Using their large forwards to good effect they were awarded a penalty in front of Chesham’s posts and went 3 -0 up

Chesham regrouped. The Stags forwards remembered they had some speedy backs in their team. In a series of training ground move, forwards and backs linked to produce three well worked tries in rapid succession.

First on the scoresheet was Elliott Reeks closely followed by fine scores from Tom Hirst and Toby Deane. Two were converted by Hirst.

Gosford rallied. For a ten-minute period they were never out of the Chesham 22 and despite a desperate Stags defence, Gosford were rewarded with a converted try.

In an all action last ten minutes of the first half Chesham scored a try from a lineout with Taz Hagan scoring from the ensuing driving maul.

Late in the first half Jack Davies, the Chesham skipper, was yellow carded for “not rolling away”.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Gosford intercepted a wild Chesham pass and ran in a converted try under the posts.

Chesham game out all guns blazing in the second half. Their forwards played a much tighter game and kept possession. In a quality move involving most of the backs they were rewarded with their bonus point try, scored by winger James Hogg.

It was all action for the next 20 minutes with both teams trying to dominate. Gosford were rewarded for their constant pressure and scored their third try.

Chesham’s fitness against a tiring Gosford team was becoming apparent and resulted in a try from the Stags hard-working forward, Alex Barton.

Gosford were still not finished. During the last five minutes of the game they were rewarded with a breakaway try which they converted and gave them a well-deserved try bonus point.

Next week sees the Stags men’s 1XV travel to Tadley (2.30pm) who have had some fine recent form and are still chasing the second promotion slot in the league.