Ampthill U16s Last Gasp Victory
Ampthill went into this East Midlands Championship League fixture full of confidence following some good recent performances. A’s applied all the early pressure but were unable to get points onto the board mainly due to some good defensive work from St. Neots and some poor discipline from Ampthill.
The home side were the first to score with a try off the left wing which was not converted. Ampthill soon responded with a try from Charlie Fleckney taking the ball from the back of the scrum 8 metres out and forcing his way through the defence and across the whitewash. Both sides continued to make good attacks through backs and forwards but at half time A’s led 7 points to 5.
The half time talk was mainly about the poor discipline which had seen Ampthill concede 15 penalties and making their task a lot harder.
The second half was a better spectacle with the lead changing hands several times. St. Neots took the lead with an unconverted try but a good run from Liam Everitt saw him cross the line to put Ampthill in front again following the conversion. Another try, this time converted, and a penalty kick in front of the posts saw St. Neots with a 20 points to 14 lead with the clock almost run down. Ampthill’s determination though saw them progress from a scrum on their own 22 metre line through several phases of play up to the oppositions 22 where Ampthill won a penalty. Realising this was going to be the last play and that a converted try was required for a win the tap and go was taken and Liam received a pass and again forced his way through and around the defence to cross the line to very loud cheers and an even louder one when the conversion bisected the uprights for a 21 to 20 win for the Ampthill boys.
The first part of the season now completed and the u16s are progressing well with the whole squad playing well and the boys looking a good outfit. The New Year will see them home in a friendly to a very good Cambridge side and then away to Ruislip in the Herts & Middlesex league.