Loss of prop Cann be a se­ri­ous blow for A&C

Pow­er­house suf­fered se­ri­ous leg in­jury dur­ing de­feat

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

“Apart from

that, we

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

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