The following information is apparently now a prerequisite for all reports – Average Oundle House Price December 2014 – £241, 408
Non-requisite information – Oundle Rugby Club Bacon Roll Price – £2.50
Having taken the most direct and scenic route via the A6 we arrived in the Batty Mobile at 10amsharp. Looking around the car park the sight of old friends and the semblance of a team brought a smile to my face – the bleak, boggy and windy conditions didn’t.
Back to the bacon rolls; Oundle have set the Gold standard in rugby club bacon roll production in my opinion. With a fairly substantial soft white roll encapsulating no less than 3 generously sized prime back bacon rashers, this gastronomic delight certainly hit the spot and aided my recovery from the previous evenings exploits.
With just about the required number of players Ampthill took to the field (a field more akin to the agricultural type) in the knowledge that number depletion would require each and every player to ride any injury sustained in order to maintain a full contingent of warriors.
In the main, due to the prevailing weather and boggy pitch condition, over an hour of hardened rugby attrition ensued. I recently read that the backs were there to determine, via their handling errors, where the next forward set play would take place! This was on many occasions true for both teams but the forwards too played their comparable part in imitating their back compatriots’ errors. This set the tone for virtually the whole game. Ampthill, more so than Oundle, failed to master and capitalise on set piece situations, particularly from line-outs where the Referee penalised Ampthill transgressions time and again.
I must state at this point that I wish to make no critical comment of the Referee. He was, to my mind, firm but fair to both sides and comparatively speaking missed but a few indiscretions from both sides in equal measure.
On the last occasion the two teams met, October 2014 at Ampthill, we were victorious by a clear margin. (35 – 0) today would be a completely different encounter. It is right to say that we a credible and mighty force to be reckoned with and those we meet are usually dispatched by a clear margin – today we met with a worthy adversary force that had no intention of capitulating. A battle royal ensued that was at times both physically brutal but also a display of true resilience and fortitude in the face of continued assaults that neither side would allow to penetrate their lines.
Where a player made an error, a dispensation was later granted due the amazing defensive ability shown by all the boys from both teams. The grit and determination shown by A’s ultimately paid off when the one and only score of the game came in the 21st minute of the first half when an Ampthill scrum 20 yards out led to a back line run taking us to within 5 yards of the Oundle try line. The forwards then delivered their might to finally move Robin over the line to gain the winning 5 points.
ty, CJ, Roberts, Herbert, Hobart, Spurr and O’Connell.
Osborne, Jabri, Belt, Lavery, Hunt, Reaper, Posser and Stearn.
Oundle were a credible force this day and it is worthy to note that we may meet them again early in 2015 in a competitive game.
Ho, Ho, Ho and a Merry Christmas to one and all,
Dylan. (Guest scribe)