Rel­e­ga­tion certs un­able to drag lowly vis­i­tors into the mire

Bonus-point vic­tory throws Colch­ester life­line as A&Cs sink to an­other de­feat

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The vis­i­tors are also in trou­ble – eight points adrift of Southend Sax­ons but now 16 in front of their hosts at the week­end – how­ever they took five valu­able points from Buck­ing­hamshire.

A scrappy match be­tween two strug­gling sides came as no sur­prise, not least with rain mak­ing the ball slip­pery, and A&C went in front through scrum-half Mike McDon­ald, who knocked over a penalty.

The Blacks hit back, though, a loop­ing pass al­low­ing James Crozier to score and then con­vert. Pres­sure from the hosts might have got them onn the board again but stout def de­fence­fence kept them at bay and a fiercefi fierce chal­lenge from Colch­esterter No 8 Danny White­man saw the ball turned over and of­fload­edaded d for Crozier to steam the length­engt th of the pitch to make it 14-3.3

A con­verted try nar­rowed ed d the gap to just four points thoughtho ough and Amer­sham were e back ahead when Cam McDon­ald­cDo on­ald blazed his way through thee de­fence to score, adding thehe ex ex­trasx­tras too. If the hosts hoped that t had marked a turn­around,d, they were to be dis­ap­pointed nted d as Jerone Awesu pow­ered over over. r.

Andy Fluker’s penalty ym made the gap just one point again gain n but Colch­ester be­came in­creas­ing­lyeasi in­gly dom­i­nant in the fi­nal qu quar­ter­arter with Danny White­man brea breakingak­ing from the back row to sco score­ore a fourth try and gain thehe Es­sexE Es­sex men a vi­tal bonus point. .

A&C colt Will Porter er skip­skip-s pered Eng­land U18s to a 43-4 43-1414 vic­tory over France at Ayles­buryyles bury last week­end.

The 13-year-old from Den­ham com­peted in class 9-10 at Not­ting­ham and faced Eng­land’s Kim Day­bell in the round-robin event.

Thakker took the first set but Day­bell came back to claim vic­tory 10-12 11-6 11-3 11-5.

In­jury to Par­a­lympian Ash­ley Facey-Thompson meant Thakker’s ear­lier win over Craig Allen – 11-8 9-11 11-7 11-8 – earned sil­ver.

“I’m re­ally happy – I played real- w .

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