Chips lose out in Shield semi-final
THEY may have missed out on the final of the Surrey Shield, but Chipstead's director of rugby Carl Powley insists things are looking bright at High Road.
It was a tight game in the semi-final of the Shield, a competition Chipstead won two seasons ago, but Old Wimbledonians were good value for their win according to Powley.
"It was very close. We came alive in the last five minutes but we just couldn't make up the deficit," the director of rugby said. "We had so many injuries in the game.
"It's a shame though, less clubs seem to be entering the cup competitions due to the amount of games they have already. The have back to back league fixtures and they can't afford the injuries."
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With Chipstead finishing third in their league they have an out side chance of promotion this year, but Powley would prefer to remain in Surrey Two.
"It has been a good season and we might still get promotion depending who comes down from the leagues above," Powley said. "I'd prefer if we didn't get promotion this season though. Next year we have a lot of U21s coming through into the senior team and it would be good to get them settled in Surrey Two and then had a go at the league title next season.
"The U21s have been doing very well. They surprised a few people by beating Dorking in the U21 Surrey Cup this season and then going on to win it. We have four or five senior players wanting to retire this summer, so it is the perfect time for the younger player to come through."
And with the new physiotherapists at the High Road club, Powley is confident they won't lose any of the talented U21 squad to other local teams.
"We haven't had regular physios before but now we do and I definitely thinks it make us a more attractive prospect to players," Powley explained. "We are also looking to revamp the ground in the summer and install some new floodlights."