Ampthill hosted Oundle (average house price £247,189) on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. I forgot to get a prediction from our regular pre-match pundit Russell Spurr, so in true journalistic style I have made one up. ‘I forsee a tough match with Ampthill coming out worthy winners’ said Russell – and once again he was unerringly accurate.
From the start Ampthill looked in good form, and within five minutes quick play from a penalty created an overlap on the right for Prosser to score in the corner. An excellent conversion of his own score and it was Prosser 7 Oundle 0. Oundle however were not to be rolled over, they tackled hard and gave as good as they got. Richardson made life hell for the Oundle scrum half, and good all round Ampthill play was only marred by the number of penalties they conceded. Half an hour in, from a penalty on their own 22, Herbert broke through the Oundle ranks and good passing led Brazier to cross the line. Prosser converted to bring the score to 14-0. Despite further spells of excellent play from Ampthill, Oundles’ defence – and Ampthill conceding a penalty every 3 minutes – kept the game alive until half time.
Ten minutes into the second half, a series of flowing passes by the backs and Brazier popped the final ball to O’Connell to score. Prosser again converted for 21-0. Two minutes later and deep into the Oundle half a clearing kick was blocked by Ampthill, the ball falling nicely for Osbourne to sprint over. Prosser was not in the mood to miss so 28-0.
Ampthill’s last score of the afternoon came from great forward play from Batty, who bulldozed his way through the Oundle forwards before offloading to Richardson who slipped three tackles to score. 5 from 5 for Prosser left the final score at 35-0.
Oundle did not let their heads drop, and would have scored themselves if not for a fantastic diving tackle by Richardson with the Oundle winger only 2 metres from the line.
This was a great bounce back by Ampthill after a disappointing performance last time out. The commitment and performance level throughout the team was excellent, and led to a good score against a good team.