WRU National League 3B East

Whiteheads 13 Chepstow 15

CHEPSTOW scored a last-second penalty to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at Whiteheads on Saturday, writes Bob Cypher.

Trailing 13-12 thanks to a late score by their hosts, Chepstow refused to be beaten and after gaining ground in Whitehead's half, they were awarded a penalty.

Ignoring the din raised by the home crowd, Brad Bamford kept his nerve - and silenced the crowd - by converting the penalty with the last kick of the game.

The first quarter was end-to-end stuff, with neither team being able to turn pressure into points.

But Chepstow's pack began to get on top and after securing the ball on their opponents' 22-metre line, Sam Thomas made a break and put Ben Horder in for the first try.

Whiteheads fought back straight away and scored two quick penalties after periods of pressure in the Chepstow 22.

Just before the break, a great solo try by Rhys Cresswell, converted by Brad Bamford, gave Chepstow a 12-6 half-time lead.

The second half was a dour affair, with neither side taking the initiative, but with five minutes left, Chepstow had a 45-metre penalty attempt hit the crossbar.

The ball rebounded to a home player, who broke some poor efforts at tackling and some neat passing saw Whiteheads go the length of the field to score a converted try and take the lead before Bamford had his day!

The result keeps them in second place in the league, with another trip to Newport to face St Julians next Saturday.

Elsewhere, Chepstow Druids lost 21-12 to a strong Abergavenny 2nds with Dan Williams and Rich Poultney scoring Chepstow's tries.