Bishops Stortford 5 – 38 Ampthill
Bishops Stortford v Ampthill16th November 2014HML Div 1On a misty November morning, Ampthill travelled to Bishops Stortford (average house price £315,333) for this season’s second match in the HML league.Ampthill were quick off the blocks, and were 7-0 up within 5 minutes after Spurr took the inside pop pass from Richardson, broke through 3 tackles before passing to Prosser to score. Prosser converting his own try. Stortford used their forwards well, and it was from Ampthill’s own 22 that Spurr again broke through on the right hand side, offloading to Osbourne whose pace was too much for the Stortford defence. Prosser again converted to make the score 14-0.Stortford spent the next 20 minutes camped in Ampthill’s half, assisted by the many penalties awarded against Ampthill, but their defence was solid. From a ruck just inside Ampthill’s half, Richardson again popped the ball inside to Spurr who again smashed his was through the Stortford defence. A last gasp tap tackle looked to have stopped him just short of the line, but he managed to reach out for the score. The conversion was missed leaving the score 19-0.Shortly into the second half, Spurr scored again, the Stortford defence bouncing off him like a bow wave before a supertanker. Prosser converted for 26-0. A good series of phases soon earned Ampthill a 5 metre scrum, Spurr picking up from no.8 to score yet again, but the conversion went wide. Ampthill were now well on top, and Herbert soon increased the advantage breaking through to run in from 25 metres. Prosser converting well to give Ampthill a robust 38-0 lead.Stortford kept using their forwards well and late into the second half were camped close to Ampthill’s line. Despite sterling defence, a succession of penalties awarded to Stortford allowed them to secure a consolation try leaving the score at the final whistle 38-5.A good result and a convincing score line, but Ampthill are aware that if the Stortford backs had capitalised on the good work of their forwards, the story could have been very different.