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Amersham waste five penalties as winning run ends
AMERSHAM & Chiltern missed five penalties as they crashed to their first defeat of the season at Barnstaple.
After successive bonus point victories, Craig Burgess’ men came unstuck in the West Country with a performance that didn’t live up to what has gone before this season.
An injury to number eight Luke Antos inside five minutes didn’t help the cause, but this game was lost off the tee.
Three kicks at the posts were squandered in the first half as they turned 6-0 down, and they missed a fourth soon after the restart before the hosts showed them how to do it, increasing their lead to 9-0.
A try extended the lead before Amersham finally got on the board through Ross Budgden’s try, which he converted himself.
However, it didn’t spark a comeback and Barnstaple wrapped up the victory with their second score minutes from time.
Amersham head coach Craig Burgess said: “We left a lot of points on the pitch. It wasn’t just one kicker either. We tried three different kickers but none of them were kicking well.
“From one to 18 we didn’t play well though. It wasn’t the greatest day at the office.
“You look for your senior players to step up and take responsibility and on Saturday that didn’t happen. Barnstaple are a team we should have beaten.”
However, it wasn’t all bad news for the club.
Amersham 2s thumped Beaconsfield 2s 52-3 and Burgess admits a few from that squad might be pressing for promotion ahead of Saturday’s home match with newly-promoted Bracknell.
Amersham remain second in the table, but Bracknell are level on points with them.
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