A&C SEW UP WIN OVER HABERDASHERS
AMERSHAM and Chiltern head coach David Neale admitted he could not have asked for much more from the club’s first two London One North games “except maybe another bonus point”.
Chiltern made it two from two with a 60-13 demolition of Old Haberdashers on Saturday.
Neale said: “That was really pleasing and just continues our good start to the season.
“The only thing I could have asked for was maybe a bonus point last week against Brentwood, but nine points from the opening two games considering the changes we’ve made, you’ve got to be happy.”
Chiltern’s organisation in defence created openings early with the opposition penalised on several occasions.
Though their first kick at goal was missed, after 20 minutes fly half Stuart Pearham kicked a penalty which was followed by a try from winger Tala Petelo.
A long break down the right wing taken on by 18-year-old Rob Hill made space for scrum-half Michael Brothers to score his second try in two games as Chiltern extended their advantage to 13-0.
Pressure from driving forward saw Callum Newton score his first try for the club, nicely converted from the touchline by Pearham.
There was just time for OH to kick a penalty before half time, but Chiltern held a comfortable 20-3 lead.
Chiltern made several changes following injuries and Jake Cutter and Josh Porter made their debuts for the first team as the side forced regular turnover balls and a succession of tries.
The first came from a break out after dispossessing OH in the Chiltern 22.
Josh Davies ran nearly 80 metres and recycled the ball for Alex Harland to score wide out for a try converted by Pearham, who then scored his own touchdown with a bit of skill before adding the points.
Despite Chiltern’s control, OH exploited their failure to regroup quickly and scored their first try for 34-8.
As replacement full-back, Cutter’s running from deep in the Chiltern 22 led to a fine try in the corner for Jack Elborn, which was again converted by Pearham.
OH scored again by taking advantage of a gap but Chiltern’s strength prevailed as second tries for Michael Brothers and Pearham and one for Hill capped off the resounding win.
Chiltern play host to Letchworth this weekend. Neale added: “It’s so easy to read too much into the league table. We don’t know what is going on at Letchworth [who have lost their first two games] if they’ve had injuries or signed new players this week. We just have to focus on ourselves and we’re definitely going for three wins out of three this weekend.”
Stuart Pearham in action for Amersham & Chiltern FC