Win lifts A&C’s sprits
AMERSHAM & Chiltern chief Richie Williams hopes finally ending the club’s season-long losing streak will be the springboard to national league survival. Last season’s London One North champions have found life back in National Three London & SE tough, tasting defeat in all their first 10 games of the season.
But all that changed on Saturday when Lloyd Anderson’s try, plus kicks from Andy Fluker and Cam McDonald, earned a first victory of the campaign, 16-10 over Chichester.
Williams said: “It took us a while but it was really encouraging. It’s given everyone a shot in the arm, which was just what we needed.
“The players deserve it as they have put a lot of extra effort in. It wasn’t our best performance, and we have played better in other games, but hopefully we can build some momentum now.
“We were in a similar position two years ago, but the key is relaxing and not worrying about our position, which is releasing the pressure from the players.
“We have been more relaxed in our preparations, and we’ll try to carry that on. But it’s amazing how much one win can give so much self belief and confidence.”
Chiltern handed a debut to prop forward Michael Wright, who captains the first team at Oxford Brookes University, while for try hero Anderson, it was two tries in as many games since joining.
Williams added: “Lloyd came down to some training sessions on a recommendation and has played a few second XV games. He is always threatening in attack and solid in defence. He seems to improve every week and can definitely play at a higher level.”
Chiltern will hope their turnaround continues when they travel to Guernsey on Saturday. Flyhalf Fluker should be available for selection after being brought off at half time against Chichester, having been suffering with a sickness bug.
MAKING GROUND: Lloyd Anderson in action for Amersham & Chiltern ROSS THOMSON