East Midlands Cup Semi Final
Ampthill travelled to Northampton (average house price £170,238) for what was expected to be a tough but reasonably comfortable win against well-known opponents. Tough it certainly was, but comfortable it most certainly wasn’t – for players and spectators alike.
ONs had the majority of the first half possession, territory and chances. Only sterling defence kept them from crossing the line time and again. Ampthill spent no more than 5 minutes in ON’s territory during the entire first period. At the beginning of the second half things looked to be swaying in Ampthills’ favour, with them camped within the opponents 22 metre line, but efficient and determined defence kept the score stuck firmly at 0-0. As the half wore on it seemed Ampthill must score – four times they crossed the line only for the ref to declare the ball held up. With the match drawing to a close and open play declared a stalemate, Ampthill decided to kick a penalty awarded 5 metres from the right touch line, which was missed left. This seemed a omen that the match was doomed to a draw. Three minutes later however another penalty in the centre allowed Prosser to kick the only points of the match.
Tense, tough and frustrating, but 3 points or 30 a win is a win and Ampthill progress to the Final.