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

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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

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