A&C boss left hot and both­ered by snow­fall

Wil­liams forced to change plan for rel­e­ga­tion battle

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

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.”

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