Club want coach to stay on next sea­son

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AMER­SHAM & Chiltern would gladly have Richie Wil­liams spear­head their as­sault on the London leagues next sea­son but ac­cept he may call it a day be­fore then, writes Tim Street.

Last sea­son’s London One North cham­pi­ons have had a night­mare re­turn to the na­tional leagues this sea­son, win­ning only one game to sir rock bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Nev­er­the­less, they are will­ing to stand by head coach Wil­liams, who led them to pro­mo­tion in the first place, but other cir­cum­stances may dic­tate his fu­ture lies else­where. Team man­ager Charles Owen-Con­way said: “We haven’t had the con­ver­sa­tion yet. We will prob­a­bly sit down and dis­cuss next sea­son in the next month or so.

“The only thing with Richie is his part­ner’s fa­ther-in-law is ter­mi­nally ill, so he is hav­ing to travel back and forth be­tween here and Der­byshire, added to which he is also the di­rec­tor of rugby for the Hun­gar­ian na­tional team.

“If he feels he can phys­i­cally carry on next sea­son, we will wel­come him back. I know he’s very frus­trated with how this sea­son has gone, and he’s not the sort of per­son to walk away from it. He may want to put things back on an even keel next sea­son.”

Chiltern’s lat­est de­feat was a 5715 maul­ing at West­combe Park and, af­ter tak­ing this week­end off, it won’t get any eas­ier on A&C’s re­turn to ac­tion on Satur­day week, with the visit of se­cond-placed Wim­ble­don loom­ing.

Owen-Con­way added: “We’ve been strug­gling since our best play- ers moved on to a higher level in the sum­mer, and this league is so much stronger than when we were last in it two years ago – there are no pas­sen­ger teams.

“We should still be in a bet­ter po­si­tion, as we should have won two of our last three games, but a cou­ple of things went against us. No such com­plaints on Satur­day though – West­combe were big and strong, have played at a higher level and were more street­wise than us.

“We haven’t com­pletely given up yet but you have to be re­al­is­tic. We’re still giv­ing it our all and will con­tinue to do so – we will just have to rec­on­cile and re­group in the sum­mer.”

Else­where, Bea­cons­field threw the South­ern Coun­ties North pro­mo­tion race wide open with a 3014 win over se­cond-placed Bices­ter, while Drifters’ pro­mo­tion hopes took a hit when they were held to a 22-22 draw by Slough in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier. Che­sham were not able to do them a favour as they lost 52-15 at lead­ers Swin­don Col­lege Old Boys.

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