CHINNOR came away from Sale frustrated they were unable to extend their fine run of form.

The National League 1 side saw their six-match winning streak come to an end as they suffered their first defeat on the road since October.

A 22-19 reverse sees Chinnor remain third in the table, but they now trail second-placed Rosslyn Park by five points with just five games remaining.

Director of rugby Matt Williams said: “You have to take the highs and the lows.

“This was a game where we had enough chances to win it.

“We had more than 60 per cent possession, but all credit to Sale, they banged us up front at key moments and we didn’t take our chances.”

Chinnor found life difficult on a churned-up pitch, which Williams admitted hampered the visitors.

He added: “This was by far the toughest field we’ve played on this year.

“It was very heavy under foot which didn’t allow us to get into our normal structure and because of that we lacked a plan B.

“We went to the corners and we drove well, but as we started to lose a few key bodies we just didn’t have the weight to dominate the driving line-outs that have obviously done us so well over the last few weeks.

“It’s massively frustrating, because we should not have lost, but that’s no discredit to Sale, they did a fine job of defending for their lives.”

Chinnor are not in action this weekend, with their next match against Plymouth Albion at Kingsey Road on March 21.