Ampthill 17 – 0 Bedford
There was something noticeably different about today’s game against the Bedford A Team, and that something was the extra pre match excitement and tension amongst the players and spectators alike.
This was a match that clearly both teams wanted to win.
The other difference was the debut appearance of a new RED scrum cap and its wearer; a regular within the Ampthill U15’s squad, a player who put the finishing touches to two of the three Ampthill try’s.
This was certainly a game of two halves, a game which saw a characteristically slower start for the Ampthill team in Q1 against a determined and well drilled Bedford side, who fought hard for every ball, particularly in the rucks and a side which moved the ball quickly along its back line.
The first half was a well matched affair in terms of effort on both sides with the territory prize going to Ampthill who occupied the Blue’s turf for the majority of the first thirty minutes. As the pace of play quickened and as both teams dug deep there were the inevitable handling errors and a spate of ‘knock-ons’ but this did not detract from what was a thoroughly entertaining game of rugby.
However, the status quo was about to change; a series of quick balls along the Ampthill line to the left wing and a well-timed and cleanly executed run by Eugene Ekuban in the 29th minute secured the first try of the game [Ampthill] and served to upset the balance of play, a crucial event for the Ampthill team – just seconds before the half time whistle.
The second half saw the Ampthill team working ‘up the hill’ with the dimly lit October sun to their backs and a blinding first minute kick from Liam Everitt putting the ball into touch close to the Bedford five yard line. Ampthill had started the second half as they meant to go on, and go on they did.
The RED capped Ampthill player supported by his team mates placed the second of the three try’s in the 44th minute and the third in the 55th minute. Both were great displays of team play and good rugby, and try number three was successfully converted by Fly Half Liam Everitt.
The third quarter of the match saw the most determined play by both sides; Ampthill who wanted to secure their 17 point lead and turn it into a convincing win and Bedford who clearly realised that they had a major task ahead of them. This raising of the tempo within the game only served to increase the level of enjoyment on offer to the spectators, for the Ampthill and Bedford supporters alike.
The game came to a decisive end with a full volley kick of the ball into touch by Ampthill.
Final score: Ampthill 17, Bedford ‘A’ team 0.
Oh, and just in case you are wondering who was wearing the RED cap…….none other than the Ampthill U15’s “man of the match” Soni Ma-Asi who incidentally had declared himself completely kna……..ed at half time.
Good job Soni didn’t decide to take a rest!!!!
A BIG well done to the Ampthill U15 squad. A well deserved win.[AM Penworthy]