A&C boss left hot and bothered by snowfall
Williams forced to change plan for relegation battle
IT WAS snow joke for Richie Williams when he opened his curtains on Saturday morning and saw a blanket of the white stuff had settled over the Chilterns.
It meant the expansive game plan the Amersham & Chiltern boss has plotted for his side’s crucial relegation battle with CS Rugby 1863 went up in smoke.
Ater a quick re-think, Chiltern opted for a more old school brand of rugby and dug in after going behind to win 17-13, easing their fears of slipping into the National Three London & SE drop zone.
The hosts trailed 13-7 at the break, despite a Morgan Thompson try, but hit back in the second half with a try from Tom Grammenos and a Thompson penalty to snatch victory.
Williams said: “We had a game plan we had been working on all week, involving an expansive game and moving their heavy forwards around the pitch, but that went out of the window. We had to adapt the way we play, but we have got enough leaders on the pitch to do that.
“It was not pretty or entertaining, and it was not a day for the backs, but I was pleased with the way we adapted. It bodes well as the pitches aren’t great this
Amersham & Chiltern’s Morgan Thompson gets rid of the ball against CS Rugby; (right) Olly Cato has returned from Down Under time of year and we can’t always play our wide attacking game, so it’s reassuring that we can play a tight game too.
“It was nice to then wake up on Sunday having won on the Saturday for a change. The players deserved it as they had been under a little bit of pressure. It gives us some confidence and self-belief and was just the tonic we need ahead of another crucial game on Saturday.”
That crucial game is away at bottom side Guernsey and Williams reckons the returning Olly Cato, who made his Chiltern comeback against CS Rugby, will be key to their chances of securing a win, which will further boost their survival hopes.
He added: “Olly has been travelling for a year in Australia, but still played regularly out there so came back fit as a fiddle, so we threw him straight back into the second row.
“He gave us some physicality and experience in there and we will be looking for another big game from his this weekend.”