1stXV 35 Fylde 12, Sat Oct 07, 2017
Ampthill welcomed Fylde to Dillingham Park on an overcast day with a gentle breeze, Olney Field, as usual, offering good playing conditions.
Amps squad saw numerous changes from that which started against Bishop’s Stortford.
Up front Toby Trinder started at loosehead, Josh Taylor at hooker and Aleki Lutui moved to tighthead.
In the backs, Kevin Barratt started at scrum half, Josh Sharp at fly half, Karim Lynch at inside centre, England U20 & Saracens dual registered Ali Crossdale at wing and James Pritchard moved to full back.
The bench saw Scott Wright & Matt Dawson promoted from the 1881s, Karl Garside & Stef Liebenburg rotate while Lawrence Rayner returned from injury.
Amps led 21-0 at half time with tries by fly half Josh Sharp, back row Chris West (20) and lock Alex Woolford (31) with Sharp adding the extras for all three.
The visitors came back into the game at the start of the second half scoring a 47th minute unconverted try through lock Ollie Parkinson.
The hosts responde by extending their lead on 68 minutes through centre Sam Hanks, converted by replacement Lawrence Rayner.
Fylde scored again through fly half Greg Smith who converted his own 76th minute try but the home side had the last word with a 78th minute try through full back James Pritchard with Rayner again successful with the conversion.
Fylde were much more competitive in the second period but still lost the half by a conversion leaving the score 35-12 at no side.
The unusual looking Ampthill side secured the bonus point victory but Fylde showed what they were capable of in the second half.
Tries:- Sharp (9), West (20), Woolford (31), Hanks (68), Pritchard (78)
Conversions:- Sharp (10, 21, 32), Rayner (69, 79)
Tries:- Parkinson (47), Smith (76)
Conversions:- Smith (77)