A&C dragged back into relegation battle
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.”