Win lifts A&C’s sprits

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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

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