Send your news, photos and videos by texting bucksfreepress to 80360 or email
Budgen injury mars impressive victory
ON Saturday Amersham & Chiltern RFC will find out if they’re men or boys.
That is the view of director of rugby Craig Burgess, who takes his team to National League 3 South West leaders Lydney.
Lydney have won all but one of their matches so far and Burgess believes the game will test his players’ characters as much as their talents.
He said: “We’re going away to the top of the table. If we’re serious about this league then this is a pivotal game for us.
“We’ll know how much depth and character we’ve got as a club after this. We’ll find out if we’re men or boys.”
Amersham will have to make the trip without their first choice fly half too.
Ross Bugden has been ruled out for a few weeks after picking up an injury in last week, but it could have been much more serious as he was bent double when a player landed on him.
Play was held up for 20 minutes as the quick-thinking referee stabilised his head and avoided any movement until the paramedics arrived, and Bugden was later released from hospital after an x-ray and scan were clear.
Matt Gilbert and Steve Scopes are both potential stand-ins, depending on fitness tests, while second team ten Tom Smalley has also started for the first team this season.
Burgess said: “This is the one game where you would like to go with a team as close to full strength as possible, but both Matt and Steve are very experienced players and Tom could also slot in. I’m very confident that whoever comes in we’ll have a strong team.”
Amersham will travel south in good form though, after ending a three-game losing run with a five-try 36-11 win over Chippenham last week.
Two Bugden penalties gave them a 6-3 interval lead, but Chippenham’s second penalty seven minutes into half time spurred the home team into action.
Blayne Underwood, Gareth Werhle, Tim Lloyd, Scopes and Paddy Esson all went over before the end in rampant finish to the game, and their form was replicated throughout the club.
The second team beat Henley 49-24 and the thirds thrashed Drifters 45-0.
Comments are closed on this article.