Amersham coach warns players to focus on rugby

Craig Burgess

Craig Burgess

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AMERSHAM & Chiltern RFC head coach Craig Burgess had warned players to focus on rugby tomorrow, when England legend Jason Leonard will be in town and the Red Devils will parachute onto the pitch before kick off.

Old Redcliffians are the visitors in National League 3 South West, but the match might be overshadowed as the club prepares for a day of celebration ahead of their tour to Arnhem to pay tribute to former player Jack Grayburn.

Grayburn won the Victoria Cross defending Arnhem Bridge in World War 2 and to help mark the occasion The Parachute Regiment’s Freefall Team, The Red Devils, will drop into Weedon Lane at 2.30pm, before presenting Grayburn’s VC to his son.

Burgess said: “It’s a big weekend for the club and quite an occasion having the Red Devils involved.

“But from a players point of view, we’re just focussed on our own performance.

“We’ve got a clear job to do. We expect to win all our home games and we’ve spoken about not letting the outside pressure get to us.

“It’s bound to add to it, but we put enough pressure on ourselves and we want to get everything back on track.”

Amersham haven’t won any of their last three matches, with five and three points defeats either side of a home draw.

Burgess said: “We’ve been playing really well in most of matches recently but just haven’t seen the games out.

“I think that’s down to inexperience. We’re a very young team, our average age is around 24 and our youngest players are 18, 19.

“We haven’t got the wise heads, but we’re still really focussed on finishing inside the top four.

“That’s goal number one, but for the coaches next season is in our peripheral vision and this is a chance to give a few players some game time and build up their experience.

“We want to make a significant step next season and a top two finish is the goal.”

Meanwhile, second from bottom Marlow go to Witney in South West 1 East and High Wycombe are at bottom of the table Swindon College Old Boys in Southern Counties North.

In the BB&O Premier, Chesham travel to second-placed Bicester and Risborough entertain Aldermaston, who are third in the BB&O Championship.

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