Ampthill Academy were almost back to full strength for this quarter final match away at Olney R.F.C. and looking forward to the encounter.
A bright and breezy afternoon saw Ampthill slightly dominate the opening 20 minutes but with Olney also showing their form on the counter attacks. Ampthill skipper Charlie Garwood, after 25 minutes, was the first to cross the whitewash following a series of pick and go’s where the forwards kept the advance going to the try line and Charlie finished the last 5 metres. Straight from the restart Olney opened their side of the scoreboard when A’s failed to take the kick and the advancing forwards cleaned it up and finished under the posts making the half-time score 7 – 5 to Olney.
The start of the second half saw the home side with better possession of the ball but second row Ali Gibb made an interception while still in his own 22 and on looking up realised he had a lot of ground to cover. A good run saw him brought down just 5 metres from the Olney try line and Noah Ransome, close behind, picked up and made the line, the conversion attempt striking the post. Olney responded soon after when Ampthill’s defence was caught napping and a Olney penalty tap and go 25 metres out went unchallenged and following a successful conversion Olney led 14 points to 10.
The game was building to a good cup match climax and it was Ampthill who kept the discipline. With less than 10 minutes to go and Ampthill attacking the try line with good drives and mauls, Alexander Hughes picked up at the back of a ruck and popped it out to winger Connor Stone who had kept width out on the touch line and was able to dive into the corner, Fynn Cook claiming the extra 2 points to put A’s 14 – 17 up. Ampthill secured the tie with about the last play when Connor Stone picked up an interception only 8 metres out as Olney were trying to break out with possession, Fyn again converting and to leave the result 14 to 24 in Ampthills favour.
Ampthill are now due to play the quarter final next Saturday 9th April away at Northampton Old Scouts.
Winger Connor Stone