A&C bad habits return
AMERSHAM & Chiltern slipped back to the bad old ways of last season in their 28-27 loss at Chingford on Saturday.
Too often last term they were left playing catch-up and slipped to narrow defeats, eventually culminating in relegation from National Three London & SE.
But after a cracking start to life in London One against Barking last week, Chiltern put in an entirely forgettable first-half performance in Essex.
Chingford led at half time by four converted tries, each gifted through interceptions or Chiltern conceding turnovers, while a pushover try from Jordan Scott and a penalty by Andy Fluker was all they had to show for their efforts.
It was no less than the home side, who were more accurate, gritty and better disciplined, deserved, but a stern pep talk generated a better second half, with Andy Zair and Zane Turner giving committed performances.
However, many chances were spurned by poor handling and dropped passes, despite the Chiltern pack providing a strong platform.
A penalty try, a driving maul off a lineout, which Tom Grammenos touched down, and a try from Aaron Doyle brought the visitors to within a single point with 10 minutes to go, but despite continued pressure, they could not quite escape with a win and had to settle for two points.