CHINNOR were unable to overcome a stubborn defensive effort as they were beaten 26-24 at home by Rotherham Titans in National League 1.
The visitors twice came from behind to become the first team to triumph at Kingsey Road this season.
Chinnor took the lead on six minutes when Ofisa Treviranus was driven over for an unconverted try, before Sam Hollingsworth’s penalty got Titans on the scoreboard.
The hosts made it 10-3 when Sam Yawayawa dived over in the corner, but another Hollingsworth penalty kept the visitors in touch.
Chinnor had been the better side and extended their advantage to 11 points when Jason Worrall burst through, Laurence May converting.
An all-action end to the half ensued, with Titans taking a surprise lead, thanks to tries from Tomas Bacon and Connor Field, Hollingsworth converting the latter.
But Chinnor were not finished and secured the four-try bonus-point on the stroke of the first period when Worrall dived over for his second, May adding the extras.
Titans started the second half well and quickly overturned a 24-18 deficit, thanks to Bacon’s unconverted try and a Hollingsworth penalty.
There was still more than 30 minutes left but despite enjoying more possession and territory, Chinnor could not breach a resolute defence.