A&C hoping to turn tide as losing streak ends
Boss Williams now wants a charge into the top half
RICHIE Williams has warned the hard work is still to come in 2015 after his Amersham & Chiltern side finally ended their nightmare losing streak on Saturday.
Having lost nine National Three London & SE games in a row, the Weedon Lane side avoided taking their run into double figures by beating Tring 24-15.
But there was no cracking open the Christmas bubbly early for A&C head coach Williams, whose new year’s resolution is to lead his troops to a top-half finish.
He said: “It was a well-deserved win and we can all enjoy Christmas now, but we’re under no illusions.
“We’re still ultimately in the bottom half of the table and I want a top half finish.
“We didn’t put too much pressure on the players, but the relief was clear on their faces. We still need to get ourselves out of the position we’re in.
“We should be able to build a bit of momentum, and it will get a bit of confidence flowing through the side as well, as we have not been losing by big margins.”
Rhys Keith and Sam Portland both bagged tries for A&C, while Pip Blake grabbed their third with his first touch after coming on as a replacement and Jack Kenyon kicked the rest of the points.
Williams added: “The win was testament to the players, who have stayed faithful to our philosophy and kept playing an attacking brand of rugby during the run of defeats.
“Our recent signings, Joe Winpenny and Morgan Thompson, showed their experience and I was pleased with our mind-set when we were under pressure.
“Tring came back in the last 10 minutes, but we stood firm and even kicked a last-minute penalty to deny them a losing bonus point, which could be crucial at the end of the season. I was disappointed we didn’t get our own bonus point try, however.”
Meanwhile, Counties North,
in Southern Beaconsfield went down to a narrow 27-23 defeat at Wallingford, while Drifters lost 17-0 at Royal Wootton Bassett, and over in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier, Chesham were hammered 61-7 at Swindon College Old Boys.
CRUCIAL WIN: (Above) Amersham & Chiltern’s Tom Grammenos is taken down; (right) Jack Kenyon on top against Tring