A&C hop­ing to turn tide as los­ing streak ends

Boss Wil­liams now wants a charge into the top half

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

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.

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CRU­CIAL WIN: (Above) Amer­sham & Chiltern’s Tom Gram­menos is taken down; (right) Jack Kenyon on top against Tring

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