A&C SEW UP WIN OVER HABERDASHERS

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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

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