Win­ning start to A&C’S new life in league

RUGBY UNION

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by Ross Thom­son

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