Chargers’ Challenge Cup adventure came to an end on Saturday with a 24-6 second round defeat.
Chiswick side knocked out by club four levels above them in rugby league amateur stucture
South West London Chargers 6 Milford Marlins 24
South West London Chargers’ Challenge Cup adventure came to an end on Saturday with a 24-6 second round defeat to Milford Marlins.
However, there was no disgrace for the Chiswick side in losing to a team who play four levels above them in National Conference League Division One.
The first 25 minutes saw possibly the best rugby league played at the ground as neither side let the other get on top, but at that point the Yorkshire side took control as they pressured the Chargers line and managed to get the ball wide for their winger to score just inside the corner flag.
Ten minutes later, Marlins went over in the other corner following a set piece from a scrum on the Chargers’ 20 metre line, but there was still hope at half time of a second half turnaround.
Chargers came out from the break with a renewed enthusiasm and put pressure on the Marlins line, but a loose pass saw the Marlins stand off run 80 metres for an intercept try against the run of play.
Chargers could have been excused for dropping their heads, but strong runs from props Mark Clune and Adam Tran got them into a position for stand off Matt Stone to touch down, before new recruit Tom Lavis added the extras.
However, with Tran sin binned and Chargers down to 12 men, Marlins grabbed another long range intercept try on 65 minutes, before two penalties in the last six minutes completed the scoring.