Guernsey 35 Amersham & Chiltern 15
Saturday was a difficult day for the travelling team. Fog caused delays at Gatwick Airport early on Saturday morning, resulting in a very late arrival in Guernsey. Playing time was therefore reduced to 35 minutes each way and half-time to five minutes.
Guernsey started the match strongly. Their pack clearly dominated the set piece which put Chiltern under severe pressure and induced a number of errors, each of which were punished by a try. Despite a successful penalty kick by Andy Fluker, Chiltern looked a poor second best, down 21-3 at half time.
A much better performance from Chiltern in the second half, cheered on by a small but vociferous group of travelling supporters, was rewarded with two tries. Substitute Dave John, stepping in from the wing, went under the posts and, minutes later, Chris Jack drove over the line following a sustained period of pressure.
At 28-15, Chiltern had clawed their way back into the contest, helped by the referee dispensing two yellow cards to Guernsey in quick succession. Playing against 13, the momentum clearly swung to Chiltern and, had they managed to score again, the game would have been in the balance.
A loose ball, however, dropped on our 22, and Guernsey ran under the posts to relieve the pressure and make the final score 35-15. Work to do in our set piece, but some great spells of open rugby to cheer spectators and players alike, and Chiltern can hold their heads high after a spirited performance.