Winning start to A&C’S new life in league
NATIONAL THREE LONDON & SE Hertford 20 Amersham & Chiltern 40 AMERSHAM & Chiltern got their new life in a new league under a new chairman and head coach off to a winning start on Saturday.
They travelled to Hertford for their National League Three London & SE curtain raiser with only five players who played in the last game of last season, and with six making their debut.
There were, however, 11 former Chiltern juniors and colts playing in the side, easing the selection headache for Richie Williams, who had five first choice props unavailable.
Chiltern took a 6-0 lead through two penalties from Joe Stevens, and although Hertford replied with an unconverted try, a third penalty for Stevens put Chiltern 9-5 up at the break, but they suffered another blow from the restart when Andy Zair was forced to go off with an eye injury.
However, they responded with a try from a superb break by Ross Bugden.
While the hosts hit back with a penalty, from the restart Chris Jack took the ball on from his own 22, making a good 40 metres, before finding Jack Kenyon in support for another try.
Dave John went over next and, minutes later, a superb kick ahead was gathered at pace by Stevens for the next try – and the visitors were not finished there.
From the restart, a lovely break through the centre led to the bonus point try for Rhys Keith, but with the game all but won, Chiltern relaxed a little too much and allowed the hosts to score two late tries in quick succession.
Meanwhile, tries from Alex Rankin and Rob Wills earned Drifters a 15-11 win over Beaconsfield in the Bucks Cup,
Ross Budgen opens the scoring for Amersham & Chiltern against Hertford with new fly-half Matt Morgan adding the extras, to book a quarter-final tie against High Wycombe in November.
Also through are Chesham, who edged past Farnham Royal 26-23.