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Amersham & Chiltern 8-18 Southend Saxons
DIRECTOR OF RUGBY, Josh Ward, was hugely satisfied after overseeing his Southend Saxons’ sides hard-fought London One North victory at Amersham & Chiltern.
The Saxons had returned to winning ways a week previous, putting a strong Harpenden side to the sword at Warners Bridge. And the Seasiders did their promotion credentials the power of good with another solid display at a damp and blustery Ash Grove.
“I’m absolutely chuffed for the boys, they were outstanding for a lot of today,” Ward enthused.
“We played the conditions exceptionally well and put in an incredibly mature shift. We took on the challenge in the first forty going into the wind and managed the game superbly well.
“We put some excellent sets of D together resulting in pressure situations for them, resulting in us regaining possession.”
Ward continued: “The second half we took a while to get going which was slightly frustrating but at no point did we look fazed, Ben Lloyd kicked superbly of the tee and our pack gave us a great platform to work from going forward.
“It was never a day for Barbarian rugby, it was a dog fight, it was hard work and I felt we got what we deserved today which is pleasing”.
Amersham & Chiltern: Callum Newton, Joe Batt, Lachlan Collier, Jonnhy Rice, Ollie Cato, Alfred Mawdsley, Josh Finch, George Bartlett, Ben Dugdale, Jake Cutter, Jordan Brown, Nat Hockings, Ben Pothecary, Lloyd Anderson, Max Dugdale, Charlie Swerling, Pip Blake, Tom Fawssett
Southend Saxons: Colleen Smith, Tom Reeman, Joel Armitage, Will Cooper, Jake O’Kill, Dan Forster-Knight, Ian Morrison (Capt), Matt Wagstaff, Harry Branch, Ben Lloyd, Tom Day, Chris Vaughan, Simon Wasley, Tom Richards, Tom Ramsey
Southend Saxons Reserves: Ryan Campbell-Webster, Connor Cooper, Fraiser Banks