A glorious bright winter’s afternoon saw Ampthill Academy welcome Ashby de la Zouch to Ampthill’s Dillingham Park for the latest round of the National Cup.
A’s started the game well and centre Jamie Bell crossed the whitewash after just 2 minutes. Ashley, playing very much on the back foot conceded further tries from flanker Adam Shelley after 6mins. and second row man Harry Charter after 9min. The conversion from Fyn Cooke saw Ampthill leading 17 points to nil.
As the game settled down Ampthill continued to dominate around the pitch and further tries came from prop Harley Erwin after 23, no. 8 Noah Ransome after 28 and in the last play of the half Harley Erwin went over in the corner to finish the half at 34 points to nil.
The second half saw the A’s playing up the slope. A few changes off the bench meant Ampthill struggled to settle and Ashby, applying greater pressure on the Ampthill half-backs, scored a converted try early. Centre Jake Dodd, having his best game yet for Ampthill with his attacking lines, scored late in the game and sub fly-half Sean Hardwidge converted. The match was closed off by full back Ethan Wells with a try to make the final score 46 points to 7 to Ampthill Academy.
A good victory for this developing side but a second half which did not go to plan. Next match will be away to Buckingham on the 24th November in the East Midlands League with a 1.30 start. In the next round of the National cup the Academy will host a very strong Kettering side on the 9th February.
Centre Jake Dodd