Tom and Tom hop­ing to nav­i­gate A&C to ti­tle win

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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

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