A&C bad habits re­turn

RUGBY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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