Loss of prop Cann be a serious blow for A&C
Powerhouse suffered serious leg injury during defeat
RICHIE Williams admits losing Garrett Doman-Cann potentially for the rest of the season will be a big blow to his Amersham & Chiltern side.
The powerhouse tight-head prop went off with a serious leg injury just seven minutes into Saturday’s 15-8 home reverse to Gravesend, making the bitter pill of a ninth successive loss even harder to swallow.
But head coach Williams is fully focused on avoiding a 10th defeat on the spin against local rivals Tring – one of only three teams below them in the National Three London & SE table – on Saturday and going into the festive break back on a winning note.
He said: “I feel really sorry for Garrett as he had just come back from another injury and was just getting back to the level of performance he was showing last season.
“It looks like we will lose him for the season, which will be a huge blow for us, but fortunately we brought in Joe Winpenny last week who can play there, so that will help us out.
will be managing with what we have. WWe also have George Bartlett and Tom Blackburn due to come back in the new year, so their returns will be a boost.”
After conceding an early try, Jack Kenyon’s effort had pulled A&C level at 5-5 going into the break, but on the stroke of half time, with Doman-Cann’s absence meaning they were struggling in the scrum, they conceded a penalty try after one collapse too many.
Kenyon pulled back a penalty after the interval, but Gravsend kicked one of their own to ensure the points.
Williams added: “It was ill discipline that cost us really, as the penalty count was high and we had three yellow cards, which meant we were playing for 30 minutes without our full compliment.
“That was compounded by losing Garrett just a few minutes in, which meant we had to move things around in the front row, which affected our scrum and lineout, especially with Gravesend having such powerful forwards.
“But at least we are not losing by many, and picked up a bonus point. What better way to get back on track than against Tring?
“But we are trying not to over hype it and are focusing more on the performance and discipline than the outcome.”
INJURY BLOW: Garrett Doman-Cann, in possession, suffered a serious injury on Saturday