Tom and Tom hoping to navigate A&C to title win
AMERSHAM & Chiltern are hoping to have skipper Tom Grammenos back from injury for their crunch clash at Brentwood this Saturday,
The second rower missed last weekend’s 64-14 humbling of Old Priorians, which kept Chiltern two points clear of Tring at the top of London One North, after pulling up injured in training.
But if he does not make it, there is at least another Tom in top form.
Number eight Tom Blackburn bagged two tries against Old Priorians and thought he had claimed a hattrick, until the referee gave a penalty try instead of his third touch-down.
Head coach Richie Williams said: “Tom Grammenos pulled his calf muscle while warming up for training on Thursday, so we agreed it would be better to rest him for Brentwood, and he has responded well to treatment.
“Without him, Tom Blackburn has been the beneficiary of some good work by our front five and scored two very good tries. Maybe it should have been three, but we were happy to take the penalty try after the magnificent efforts of our pack.
“Tom Blackburn is now getting back to the level of playing he was at before getting injured last season.
“He dislocated his shoulder, came back too early and was ultimately out for about a year.
“He came back towards the end of last year, but until now his form hasn’t been what it was.”
Brentwood, who were the early London One North pace-setters before dropping away, are still only nine points behind Chiltern and pose the biggest danger, behind Tring, to their title ambitions.
Williams added: “We’ve been trying not to think about Brentwood these last few weeks, but they’ve always been there at the back of our minds.
“It’s a notoriously tough place to go, and they’ve only lost once at home all season.
“It will be a similar atmosphere to Tring (the last game Chiltern lost), but hopefully we have learnt our lessons from that one.”
Dave Francis and Pip Blake were also two-try heroes against Old Priorians, while Gareth Wehrle and Zane Turner also crossed the whitewash, but the 10th and final try was scored by Sam Portland, freshly back from climbing Mount Everest.
Action from Amersham & Chiltern v Old Priorians