Amersham & Chiltern won in the dying embers in the first Bucks Cup tie to be played in three years, edging out local rivals Beaconsfield 17-14.

Chiltern made a fast start as Lloyd Anderson went over for a try after just four minutes which was converted by Stuart Pearham.

Perhaps such an early score made Chiltern complacent but some poor decisions and sloppy play gave Beaconsfield a foothold in the Chiltern half and they were awarded a penalty which was comfortably kicked by their excellent scrum-half, Aled Lewis and he followed up soon after to make it 7-6.

After 52 minutes and two successful line-out drives, young prop Callum Newton was driven over the line for Chiltern’s second try. The conversion by Pearham gave Chiltern what seemed a comfortable 14-6 lead but, again, the concentration wavered and Lewis kicked another penalty to make it 14-9

Dru Labri then levelled the scores when he had the pace to go outside full back Chris Jack to score in the corner.The large contingent of Chiltern supporters were decidedly nervous as Lewis lined up the conversion and were hugely relieved when it drifted wide of the posts.

However, Chiltern’s superior fitness told and, with 10 minutes to go, Pearham kicked Chiltern into a 17-14 lead that they retained.