Pleas­ing the crowd


Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

A LARGE crowd wit­nessed Amer­sham & Chiltern go down 16-10 in their first league meet­ing against near neigh­bours Tring on Satur­day.

Chiltern were forced into a cou­ple of per­son­nel changes and the open­ing stages be­longed to Tring, who were much sharper to the break­down and were duly re­warded with a penalty.

An in­jury to young winger Joe Stevens fur­ther dis­rupted Chiltern’s back line, and Tring took ad­van­tage when a turnover and a cruel bounce on a weighted kick saw them score the open­ing try in the left hand cor­ner.

Chiltern were com­ing more and more into the game, how­ever. A quickly re­cy­cled ball found its way to out­stand­ing num­ber eight Tom Black­burn, who broke two tack­les for a try con­verted by David John.

The sec­ond half started much like the first, with some sloppy Chiltern play gift­ing Tring a penalty. But, after Chiltern dropped the ball un­der the posts when a try seemed cer­tain, they pulled some points back when John con­verted a penalty of their own.

A dropped ball in a po­si­tion gave Tring the chance to ex­tend their lead with another penalty, which they did.

Although Chiltern spent the fi­nal 10 min­utes camped in the Tring 22, they could not find their way over again and had to be con­tent with a los­ing bonus point.

Else­where, in South­ern Coun­ties North, Alex Rankin scored four tries as Drifters opened their cam­paign with a 73-17 win at Mil­ton Keynes. Bea­cons­field lost 31-16 at Stow-on-the-Wold, while Che­sham’s Berks, Bucks & Oxen Premier cur­tain-raiser saw a 36-27 de­feat at Slough.

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