Relegation certs unable to drag lowly visitors into the mire
Bonus-point victory throws Colchester lifeline as A&Cs sink to another defeat
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 .