Second placed Ampthill U15s took a big step towards promotion in the Herts. & Middx. League with a good win over third placed Hemel Hempstead by 17 points to 7.
An at times, scrappy game saw Ampthill take the lead midway through the first half with their 100th try of the season. Ampthills fly-half, Liam Everitt, crossed the whitewash with a good run through the Hemel defence following a great dummy run from centre Kyle McSwiggan that peeled the defence open and was worthy of the landmark occasion. Great work from the Ampthill forwards in the loose and domination at most lineouts saw Ampthill with the majority of the ball and taking oranges with a 5 points to nil lead.
The start of the second half saw Hemel looking to get onto the score sheet but being denied by some great tackling and good clearance kicks. Amps. extended their lead with a typically battling Soni Ma-Asi try after 18 minutes which was converted by Liam. Ampthill began, now, to threaten the try line regularly with attacking runs from full back Tom Murray and winger Eugene Ekuban among others. The match clinching try come with 8 mins. left to play following a tackle busting run from Eugene to the delight of his team mates. Ampthill now realised that a possible fourth try was on the cards which would secure a bonus point for the side.
This, unfortunately, did not happen and Ampthill conceded a disappointing try at the death. Never the less, on the final whistle all players and coaches were delighted with the result in an important game. The side now look forward to the Beds. Cup final next Sunday, 15th March, against Dunstable in what should be a great game at home in front of the clubhouse and with a large crowd.