Club want coach to stay on next season
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.