Coach ac­cepts there is lit­tle chance of his side stay­ing up

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RICHIE Wil­liams has ad­mit­ted he al­ready has half an eye on next sea­son fol­low­ing Amer­sham & Chiltern’s lat­est frus­trat­ing loss.

For 70 min­utes A&C looked set for just their sec­ond win of the cam­paign only for er­rors and du­bi­ous ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions to leave them on the wrong end of the score­line once more. Com­ing on the heels of the last-gasp de­feat to high-fly­ing Hert­ford be­fore Christ­mas, it means head coach Wil­liams’ men have taken one point when 10 looked likely. The Wee­don Lane side are 14 points adrift of third-from­bot­tom Chich­ester so, while ever hope­ful, Wil­liams knows fu­ture goals may have to em­brace rel­e­ga­tion back to Lon­don One. “I think it is about other in­di­vid­ual and team goals now,” said the coach. “We are re­al­is­tic about the league po­si­tion we are in, so it is about con­cen­trat­ing on our­selves and pre­par­ing for next sea­son per­haps.

“Teams im­me­di­ately above us could go on a 10-game los­ing run and there are 55 points still to play for, so you never know, but as win­ning was a habit for us last year, so los­ing has been one this year.

“We have the chance now to ex­pose some of the 18 to 19-year-olds in our squad to life in the first XV and give them ex­pe­ri­ence, so we’ll def­i­nitely get some­thing out of this sea­son, whether it is more wins or pre­par­ing young­sters for the fu­ture.”

Wil­liams’ side led 12-11 at half-time thanks to tries from Lloyd An­der­son and Jor­dan Scott, the for­mer con­verted by Andy Fluker. An­der­son should have been in un­der the posts again af­ter a dom­i­nant start to the sec­ond half, but the pass was for­ward and the er­ror proved cru­cial as the hosts edged ahead with a penalty be­fore scor­ing two ques­tion­able tries in the last three min­utes, the sec­ond be­ing al­lowed to stand de­spite a clear knock-on.

Wil­liams be­lieved his side de­served far bet­ter, but ad­mit­ted they con­trib­uted to their own down­fall through missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I never crit­i­cise ref­er­ees, but there were two de­ci­sions at the end, one knock-on and one for­ward pass and you end up with­out even a bonus point,” he added. “But poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing and a lack of self-be­lief, which comes from los­ing games, meant we left some tries and points out on the pitch.

Things won’t get any eas­ier for A&C this week­end when they en­ter­tain lead­ers Ton­bridge – a free-shot game as far as Wil­liams is con­cerned.

“There will be no pres­sure on us as they are huge favourites. Peo­ple are see­ing us as an easy five points and maybe we can turn that into some mo­ti­va­tion.”

Look­ing ahead: Amer­sham & Chiltern’s Richie Wil­liams

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