TWO tries apiece from Joe Dancer and debutant Jake Ashby helped Chinnor earn a 29-19 win over basement boys Hull Ionians on Saturday.

The home side never lost the lead in an energy-sapping National League One fixture, but Hull made sure they were in a game.

The win came at a cost, though, with George Oliver and Dancer forced off injured.

It did not take long for the hosts to open the scoring and two tries from lock Dancer helped them into a 12-0 lead after 13 minutes, Laurence May converting the first.

Chinnor extended their advantage to 19 points on 33 minutes when Ashby dived over, May adding the extras.

However, Tim Wakadu’s try, Seremaia Turagabeci converting, cut their lead to 12 points at the break.

Hull started the second period in the same vein and Ben Bell was driven over to further reduce the arrears.

Chinnor looked to have regained control when Ashby crossed again for the four-try bonus point, May converting, to make it 26-12.

Sustained pressure from Hull however led to Ben Whyte diving over, Marco Fummo adding the extras, to reduce the deficit to seven with six minutes to play.

Chinnor needed to control the final stages and they did exactly that when May kicked a late penalty to make sure of victory.

The win means Chinnor move up to sixth position in the league table and five points behind leaders Rosslyn Park ahead of a trip to fourth-placed Rams this Saturday (2.30pm).