Tring give themselves a fighting chance of survival

Tring's Mike March battles to keep hold of the ball. Picture courtesy of Alastair Cowe.
Tring's Mike March battles to keep hold of the ball. Picture courtesy of Alastair Cowe.

TringRugby 14
 Dorking 8

Tring kept their survival hopes alive with a stunning victory against promotion seeking Dorking.

With Tring needing something from the game and Dorking craving a win to earn automatic promotion, both sides were committed from the outset.

Tring were set up to score tries with wingers Sam Barnes and Liam Chennells both in good form but it was a day where the forwards were the heroes.

Dorking took the lead in the 17th minute with a penalty but Tom Newton slotted the first of his three penalties five minutes later.

The hosts seized the initiative for the rest of the half and swashbuckling number 8 Lawrence Tauasosi fed to Chennells who went over in the corner.

Tring couldn’t add the extras, but Newton was able to convert another penalty on 40 minutes as Tring went in 11-3 up at half time.

It wasn’t until the 64th minute that another score was added and it was Newton again with a fine penalty.

This spurred Dorking into action as they stormed up the field to try and rescue the game, and Tring’s defence was eventually breached as Ryan Jeffrey went over the line.

But that proved to be the end of the scoring as Tring managed to hold out – leaving them needing just a point against Westcliff at home on Saturday to ensure National League 3 rugby next season.

> Pic - Tring’s Mike March battles to keep hold of the ball. Picture courtesy of Alastair Cowe.