The lads made the long journey to Kettering for their fourth East Midlands league match of the season with a reduced squad of only 18 players fit to take the field.
On a very muddy and sticky surface the lads got off to a good start with Max Noble crossing the whitewash in only the third minute following some good work from the forwards. Further tries followed from wingers Ben Wilson and Eugene Ekuban on 14 and 18 minutes respectively from good play in the backs. Aaron Foll managed to score a well worked try in the last play of the half for which Liam Everitt managed to find his kicking boots and converted his first of the half. At oranges Ampthill U15s led by 22 points to nil.
The half time talk from the coaches was encouraging but also made it clear that as a team our game needed to be improved as we were not doing many of the basics particularly well.
Changes at half time saw George Odell and Jack Edwards come into the forwards and Tom Clark coming on at scrum half with Alex Evans moving to fly-half. Kettering had the better of the second halfs’ early stages and opened the scoring on 38 minutes with an unconverted try. Ampthill then settled and further tries came from Lewis Sharp on 47 minutes and Aaron Foll on 50 minutes, one of which was converted.
Further changes to the lineup saw Liam Everitt come back on at 15 and Tom Murray move onto the wing. Some good phases of play followed from a set of backs improving in ability and confidence. Liam was able to score two additional tries, both of which were converted, before the final whistle blew.
The final score 48 points to 5 and a well deserved win was achieved which takes Ampthill to the top of the table. A lot of good all round performances from the side and in particular Soni Ma-Asi with his strong runs and first up tackles. Also, hooker Anthony Devoy who really is growing into the game with each game he plays.