A&C rue yellow cards after stirring fightback
Strugglers give leaders a scare after two sin-binnings
YELLOW cards proved costly as Amersham & Chiltern suffered their fifth successive defeat at the hands of Westcombe Park on Saturday.
Richie Williams’ side were unrecognisable from the team that capitulated in the first half at Tonbridge seven days earlier as they pushed the National Three London & South East leaders to the limit at Weedon Lane, threatening to complete a memorable second-half comeback.
However, a spell playing with 13 men late in the first half after first Tony Machedo and then Ross Bugden were sent to the sin bin cost 12 points – only one more than the eventual margin of their 33-20 defeat – proved too big a handicap to overcome.
Before the cards a Rhys Keith try and Dan Wood penalty put the hosts 8-6 ahead, but they trailed 18-8 at the break and Westcombe stretched that to 26-8 before Chiltern’s stirring rally.
Keith’s second try and a catch and drive score from Machedo reduced the gap to six and the hosts were pushing for the win when a late interception sealed their fate.
Meanwhile, Beaconsfield took the bragging rights in Southern Counties North with a 17-13 win at home to neighbours Drifters.
The visitors trailed 7-3 at the interval despite having the better of the first half when prop Carl Corcoran had what appeared to be a good try ruled out when the referee ruled it had not been grounded.
Their task became more difficult when Beaconsfield scored again early in the second half, meaning tries from Rorie Hannigan and Rob Wills were only enough for a losing bonus point.
Elsewhere in the Berks Bucks & Oxon Premier Division, Chesham went down 22-11 at home to Gosford All Blacks.
TOUCHDOWN: (Above) Amersham & Chiltern’s Rhys Keith goes over for a try against Westcombe Park; Drifters score against Beaconsfield