Amersham & Chiltern show challengers who’s the daddy
Head coach watches team go top of the league on return from paternity leave with landslide win
Brentwood and Tring, who are unbeaten at home, and North Walsham, who have only lost one. If we win those we will deserve to be promoted.”
Saturday’s win at fortress Weedon Lane saw wing Sam Portland chalk up four tries, while fly-half Joe Butler got a brace and centre Chris Jack also crossed the whitewash for the backs.
The forwards though were almost as prolific with Zane Turner, Jordan Scott and Joe Winpenny crashing over, while they forced a penalty try from a whole pack surge. There was a triumphant return from injury for No 8 Tom Blackburn who scored twice after 15 months out of the sport.
Ollie Choules, 19, came off the bench to kick five conversions in what was a performance beyond anything Williams could have expected.
“As you drive to the game you imagine what the result might be, but you never dream of scoring 13 tries,” he said. “We probably had the strongest squad out we have had all season and to be fair to Chingford they were struggling in one or two key positions, but I think we would have beaten a lot of teams with that performance.”
Unlike their sporting cousins the footballers, Williams and his men can put their feet up over the festive period as they do not return to action until their visit to basement boys Luton on January 9 – a rest well earned according to the coach.
“The boys will do some strength and conditioning work on their own, but we won’t do much formal training,” he added. “There have been some tough games leading up to Christmas and the boys deserve a break to look after a few bumps and bruises.”
(Above) A&C’s Aaron Doyle powers through the Chingford defence; (below left) Sam Portland
breaks through; Dean Manlennan goes for a run