A&C dragged back into rel­e­ga­tion battle

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RICHIE Wil­liams ex­pects the Na­tional Three Lon­don & SE rel­e­ga­tion battle to go down to the wire fol­low­ing an­other twist in a roller-coaster of a sea­son, writes Tim Street.

Hav­ing put some day­light be­tween them­selves and the drop zone with a win over CS Rugby, Amer­sham & Chiltern were dragged back into the scrap fol­low­ing last Satur­day’s 20-18 de­feat to fel­low strug­glers Guernsey.

Chiltern are now hov­er­ing just one place and three points above the dan­ger zone ahead of a free week­end, which will be fol­lowed by a trip to Ton­bridge Jud­di­ans.

Head coach Wil­liams said: “It will prob­a­bly go down to the last game of the sea­son against Hert­ford, and it could go down to bonus points, so get­ting one at Guernsey was one pos­i­tive to take.

“Three or four wins would see us safe, and we have three home games left, so they are the ob­vi­ous ones to tar­get. But we are play­ing mainly mid-ta­ble teams too, who hope­fully will have lit­tle left to play for.

“I’m con­fi­dent we will stay up

ROLLER-COASTER: Richie Wil­liams is ex­pect­ing the rel­e­ga­tion battle to be tight – we are cer­tainly good enough. It also helped that West­cliffe lost on Satur­day, so they’re not out of it yet.”

Wil­liams ad­mits his side did not help their own cause at Guernsey though. Hav­ing done the hard bit and gone in level-peg­ging at 15-15 at half time af­ter play­ing into a strong wind, they threw the game away in the sec­ond half.

He said: “It was a game we lost rather than them win­ning. The first half was our best 40 min­utes, at­tack­ing wise, of the sea­son. We did a lot of good things and had a chat at half time about what we had to do to go on and win the game.

“But our game plan re­ally suf­fered in the sec­ond half. We made a lot of mis­takes and gave away a lot of penal­ties. We didn’t use the el­e­ments well enough.”

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