Ampthill travelled to the impoverished suburb of Croxley Green, where the average semi sells for a paltry £404,412, and you can pick up something detached for as little as £745,000. The sun was shining but it was a little chilly, this was exacerbated by a long wait as the kick-off was delayed until 11.30 to allow Dan time to get out of bed.
Chess Valley finished 3rd in Div. One last year, but of course had not faced the Mighty Ampthill as we had taken the year off to slaughter the locals. But as Russell Spur said before kick off “I think this lot might give us a good game’ – how wrong can you be……..?
A’s kicked off right to left, CV secured the ball only for A’s to nick it back in the ruck, a few phases later A’s were 2M from the line, Richardson picked the ball up from the back of the ruck, passed to O’Connell on the right wing. 5-0 up in under a minute. Prosser secured the try for the extra 2.
CV kicked off, Keech caught and ran a few of the opposition over before losing the ball. CV then had a few phases of their own, but gained no ground. A’s secured the ball and gained a penalty when CV couldn’t stop the maul. Prosser kicked to the left hand corner for a 5M lineout, ball secured A’s drove over the try line with Robin claiming the honours, 12-0. Conversion missed.
From CV kickoff A’s again made ground but were bundled into touch. CV throw in at the lineout was not straight which led to the first scrum of the game. A’s secured easily and moved the ball to the right touch and than back to the left. The move ended with Osbourne being held up just shy of the line. A’s continued to dominate play until an attempt at a clearing kick by CV ended up in the hands of Prosser who ran cross field drawing the defenders, a pop pass to Osbourne who crossed the line. 17-0. Prosser’s conversion missed just right.
The play followed the usual pattern with A’s deep in CV territory. A panicked CV clearing kick went all of 3 yards giving A’s a lineout on the CV 25M line. A’s spun the ball out right but managed to lose the ball, but as CV attempted to play out Osbourne intercepted a pass and was again held up just short of the line. From the ruck quick play from Richardson to Stern who scored under the posts. 22-0. Easy conversion takes the score to 24-0.
CV kick off again and suffer a battering from the forwards. After several phases of spirited play A’s gained a penalty which Prosser booted to 10M out. Hobart threw in to the front man Roby who quickly passed back to Hobart who forced his way to the line but was held up. From the 5M scrum the ball went through the hands for Prosser to score. He also converted taking the score to 31-0.
CV did manage to get hold of the ball following a scrum, but as all too often the play came to nothing as they were unable to make more than three passes without dropping the ball, knocking on, or simply running out of ideas. Half time arrived and CV had only crossed the halfway line a couple of times, and the Ampthill 22M was an unattainable dream!
The second half started with Spurr on for Keach, and play continued as before with A’s dominating every phase of play. CV were awarded a penalty with A’s 5M from their line. CV’s kick did not go to touch and was picked up by Osbourne who made good ground. The ball went out to Stearn who finding the path ahead congested by the opposition dinked a kick over the top and ran through to collect it, but unfortunately the final ball to O’Connell on the right wing did not go to hand. CV secured a 5M scrum but were pushed off the ball. Herbert broke away and was only stopped by 4 defenders and the right hand post, but the ball was recycled and Spurr rumbled over. 36-0, with Prosser making the extras 38-0.
CV kicked off yet again, ball caught by Beal who offloaded to Hobart who made a charging run which ended only 5M from the try line. Play moved over to the right and A’s were again fighting to cross the line when play was stopped as A’s had squashed one of their players. After a 5 minute delay (their player was OK – ish) A’s stole the ball from CV’s scrum and Osbourne was yet again held up just short of the try line. A’s secured a scrum and CV actually pushed A’s back for the first time, but to no avail as Richardson popped the ball to Herbert who sashayed over to score, with Prosser once again converting. 45-0.
Beal once again secured the kickoff and made a great run up to the 22 before falling over a daddy long legs (there are loads of them about at the moment aren’t there), He did however manage to pass the ball off to Prosser who scored in the left corner, the conversion was missed making the score 50-0.
CV kickoff caught by Roberts, who offloaded to Stearn who broke through a couple of tackles before passing to Brasier who weaved his way up to the 22 before being tackled. The ball was offloaded to Robin who gallumphed (I’m running out of adjectives) up to the line but was tackled just short, but passed to Roberts to score. The conversion rebounded off the post leaving the score at 55-0.
The kickoff led to a CV scrum 5M inside A’s territory (I think they must have got lost and gone the wrong way). After a reset Richardson stole the ball off CV’s scrum half and after a few phases A’s were awarded a penalty on the half way line which Prosser kicked to give A’s a lineout 10M from the CV line. A’s drove the maul over with Spurr taking the plaudits. A great conversion kick from Prosser took the final score to 62-0.
All in all, a job well done!