AMERSHAM & Chiltern Rugby Club gave a run-out to everyone in a squad of 30 in Saturday's pre-season friendly in Sunbury against London Irish Amateurs.
In spite of a 24-21 defeat, plenty of promise was shown, which augers well for the start of the league camapign on September 3, when Chiltern make their baptism in National League 3 SW against Bristol side Old Redcliffians at Weedon Lane.
The game was played in five 20-minute periods, allowing for regular substitutions, and it proved an invaluable exercise in gauging the form and potential of the players.
It was also encouraging to see that, despite a number of new recruits since last season, more than half the squad had played their junior rugby at Chiltern.
During the game there were some very positive contributions by new centre Craig Webb and scrum half James Atkins and the pack looked strong in all phases, even with the multiple substitutions.
The two props from last season’s colts’ side, Ben Symington and Harry Andrews, came on together for the third period and performed well against larger and heavier opponents, even driving them back in the scrums on occasions.
There were well taken tries by Bradley Reeve, Matt Allen and Craig Webb, plus an indication that full back, Dan Kinsey has not lost his kicking abilities.