1stXV v Rosslyn Park, Sat Nov 25, Match Preview
Ampthill welcome Rosslyn Park to Olney Field this Saturday for the twelfth fixture of the season.
Rosslyn Park was founded in 1879 by a group of young men looking for winter sport. Having played ad hoc cricket in the grounds of Rosslyn House, part of the Rosslyn Park estate, they set up a cricket club and took the name Rosslyn Park subsequently adding a football club which took the same name. Surprisingly, neither the cricket club nor the rugby club ever played within Rosslyn Park.
Originally based near Hampstead Heath at Southend End Green they first moved to nearby Gospel Oak (1881), then in 1885 to Gunnersbury Lane, Acton before becoming tenants at Old Deer Park, Richmond where they remained until 1956, moving to Roehampton where they became landlords.
In 1892 Park travelled to Paris to play Stade Français becoming the first English to club to play in Europe in the process. In 1912 Park played the first ever games of rugby in Prague, Budapest & Vienna.
Rosslyn Park finished 6th in the National 1 table last season with a played 30 won 16 record after a much improved post Christmas performance. This season they have won 3 of 11 games lie 11th in the table interspersing some heavy defeats with fine results such as holding Plymouth Albion to a draw 3 weeks ago.
Amps lost a tight game at Plymouth Albion last time out 16-9, despite dominating the first half in possession & territory Albion’s defense held firm with Ampthill unable to capitalise even after throwing the kitchen sink at the home side in the last 10 minutes. A’s are currently 4th in National 1 with a played 11 won 7 drawn 1 record.
Director of Rugby Mark Lavery comments “It’s a really tight fight between 2nd and fifth in the division and this is a critical weekend with two of the top four on the road Plymouth travel to champions elect Coventry and DMP face a tough one at Bishop Stortford so there are some massive games happening.
Rosslyn Park are one of the top sides in the division who have had an inconsistent start to the season but every one of our previous four matches it’s been nail bitingly close especially last time at the Rock where we sneaked a win with the last play of the game so the fans will and can expect drama.
When you watch the video from Plymouth we played very well in parts but failed to take our opportunities and you can’t afford to do that against the top sides, Rosslyn Park fall into that category. I have know doubt it will be a great game and we look forward to welcoming Park to Olney Field.”