On a cold and foggy January afternoon Ampthill welcomed unbeaten this season Brentwood (average house price £374,525), who had decided to make the 120 mile round trip to face stiffer competition than they could find in Essex.
They found it………..
Brentwood started well, and Ampthill were hardly out of their own half for the first 10 minutes, indeed neither team gave any quarter during the first quarter (or should I say that the first half of the first half wasn’t half competitive?). Ampthill broke the deadlock following a scrum, when a miss pass allowed Jones to score in the corner. The first of many excellent conversions from the side line by Prosser who added the extra 2. Two interception tries followed in quick succession, with first Stearn and then Jones making the most of being in the right place at the right time. Ampthill extended their lead further just before half time with Spurr breaking tackles and making the offload which Osborne picked up off his toes to smuggle over. Half time saw the score at 26-0.
Ampthill made six changes at half time and kept the score turning over, with Ma’asi skipping his way through following a 5 metre penalty, converted by Lavery who had taken over the kicking duties. Brentwood made their only score following a break through the centre, Adawale tackling just short of the 5m, but Brentwood followed up well to cross the line. Ampthill replied immediately with Ma’asi making the most of Lavery’s grubber kick. The try of the game came with Richardson picking up from the back of the ruck, dummying the whole Brentwood pack, then dummying their fullback and running half the pitch to score. Ampthill kept intense pressure on the Brentwood line, and two further tries from Beale and Lavery saw the final score 57-7.
Brentwood are a good outfit, certainly not lacking in commitment and determination, and the match was far more competitive than the score suggests, but Ampthill as usual had that something extra!