Pleasing the crowd
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.