Our first league game and what a start : Ampthill 34 – 5 Chess Valley
A much better warm up got the boys properly prepared for the challenge as the mist rolled in and the wendyballers at Queensmen disappeared from view (shame we could still hear them).
Playing up hill in the first half which seems to work for us, we received the kick and immediately applied the pressure. After a few minutes of constant knocking at the door, Pat emerged from a maul and barged over the line. The play continued on the oppo’s half and with their Olney coloured kit firing our boys up, it wasn’t long before Eniola went over in the corner.
The restart went straight to Billy who flew round them and headed for the corner. Just as their fullback came across to cut him off, he stepped inside and put down under the posts for Harry to convert. Eniola scored again but we were called back harshly for a forward pass. Chess Valley did make a couple of breaks but some excellent scrambling defence and last ditch tackles, in particular Stevie Wheeler and Dom Hill saved the day and kept their score line blank. This meant that at half time we had a comfortable 22-0 lead.
Changes were made at half time but we kept on top for a majority of the half. The forwards rucking was outstanding and continued to create good ball for the backs and Sean pinned them in their own half with clever kicks to the corners, chased well by fresh wingers Charlie and Chris. Any breaks they did make were handled with some heavy double tackles from Billy and Connor in midfield. We seemed to get more on top as the forwards started to win their scrums with some good work from the tight 5 (front and second row). After 4 or 5 phases of play Rory dived in from close range. Chess Valley did manage to get into our half once and scored in the corner against the run of play. This seemed to upset the boys a little and they worked hard to get the ball back and Pat charged through 4 tacklers to finish the scoring and give us a fine 34-5 win.
So a very impressive display as the game was a lot tougher than the score line suggests. The boys had to work hard for the win and Chess never gave up.
Thanks to Tristan, Kieran, Neb and Joe “hopalong” Stacey for coming along to support the boys.