Ampthill were the visitors to Mens Own for their penultimate East Midlands league game of the season and were delighted to welcome back Eryk Bukowski following a 3 month absence with a knee injury. Due to a number of lads being unavailable, Ampthill arrived with only a 16 man squad and a few players starting in unfamiliar positions.
The game started on a pitch which was still firm under foot from the overnight frost and did not help in the scrappy early exchanges. As the lads become accustomed to the conditions, and got themselves settled to play, the tries began to come with Soni Ma-Asi crossing the whitewash after 6 mins. and again after 9 mins. with Lewis Sharp again stepping up as stand in kicker to put Ampthill into a good position.
Heny Regan and Joe Cafferty scored further tries with Mens Own scoring a converted try late in the half to leave Ampthill leading by 24 points to 7 at oranges.
The start of the second half saw the pitch now turning into a heavy muddy soup but the lads continued to attempt to run the ball and play their style of rugby. Henry finished a good move on the right wing to place the ball in the corner on 35 mins. and Mens Own replied with an unconverted try. Soni secured his hat trick in the 37th minute and Ben Wilson, reverting to full back for the second half, made some good runs from his own half and went over on 39 mins. following a great run.
Charlie Fleckney then scored two further tries with his familiar storming runs through the oppositions defences and in the final play of the game Tom Clarke brought a tear to his fathers eye whilst sniping a try off the back of a ruck 2metres out and converted by Sol Tovey.
So Ampthill celebrated a good 12 points to 60 win and confirmed their place at the top of the table with St. Neots to play at home in their final game later in the season.