Sodbury supporters were treated to an absolute belter of a game in which Sodbury were made to sweat late on, they eventually ran out winners 40-39 against Chosen Hill.

The game contained 13 tries, 2 yellow cards, and saw the lead change four times as Chosen Hill’s kicker struck the underside of the crossbar from in front of the posts.

Sodbury’s first try was a typical long-range solo effort by Jon Cook.

He powered through Hill’s defence and simply kept going, picking a mazy path to the posts.

Hill then took the lead with two unconverted tries before Gavin Edgar reprised his scoring.

Pete Butcher provided a quick lineout ball just 15 metres out.

Dan Bradley ghosted his way through the defence before passing to Edgar 3 metres out; he needed all his strength to drag three men over the line to score.

Edgar was in again soon after, when Butcher picked up at the back of a scrum in the Sodbury half.

After two quick rucks, Bradley made a break – on his shoulder was Joe Horton.

Horton then powered forward and fortunately Dave Guest was on hand as link man and delivered a delicious pass to Edgar, who just did his thing and scored.

Before the half was over, Hill pulled closer once more. Their try was brutally simple – hard running and quick recycling of the ball, which Sodbury failed to deal with.

The reset at half time seemed to have worked as, during the first ten minutes of the second half, Hill bludgeoned Sodbury but were unable to convert pressure to points.

This was largely due to the commitment of men like Otto Avent, Alan Keeping, Tom Head, and Dave Guest.

Hill surprised Sodbury with a try from a turnover just as the home team were working toward their own 10m line. This gave the visitors a slender one-point advantage.

The Sods kept Hill in their own half from the restart and, when awarded a scrum 40m out, looked to pounce. Bradley hit the line and the pack poured over to produce quick ball.

Cook took the next pass and with the ball in two hands and support on both sides, he once again embarrassed the defence to sneak in from 30m.

Sodbury’s confidence in their scrum was such that they started to opt for them from penalties.

Ben Sharp was drafted in at tight-head and he didn’t disappoint and went forward at will.

It was one of these scrums, 20m out, that provided the ball for the next Sodbury try.

Butcher picked up and drew two tacklers before finding Bradley with a seductive one-handed pass.

He in turn passed to Lance Cassemis, who showed great footwork as he jinked his way past his man for a fantastic try.

Sodbury now had an 11-point lead, and just as well, as their pesky visitors wouldn’t lie down.

They scored two unconverted tries, one an interception of a pass that was thrown one-handed. Bradley scored Sodbury’s final try from a scrum 15 metres out.

The hosts built the pressure and Hill infringed so Sodbury opted to keep scrummaging.

Cook converted 5 out of 6 tries in a performance that helped Sodbury to secure those vital extra points.

It made sure Sodbury kept their noses in front as a late try from the visitors wasn't enough.