A&C rue yel­low cards after stir­ring fight­back

Strug­glers give lead­ers a scare after two sin-bin­nings

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By JonBatham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Photo by Ross Thom­son/Con­trib­uted

TOUCH­DOWN: (Above) Amer­sham & Chiltern’s Rhys Keith goes over for a try against West­combe Park; Drifters score against Bea­cons­field

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