Three strong performances on the road resulting in friendly victories away at Syston, Kettering and Northampton Old Scouts were the result of good pre-season preparation by the lads. Going into Saturdays first league game of the season away at Towcester the mood was confident and the 57 – 0 thrashing which the A’s dished out underlined the confidence that the coaches have in this group.
The match was played in good conditions and new signing Lui Natui starting at outside centre was quick to get himself involved with a pair of tries in the third and twelfth minutes showing the footwork and speed he possesses. Ampthill stamped their mark on the game in all areas and tries followed from hooker George Hansford and second row Noah Ransome. Enjoying the possession that they were able to create and keep, A’s were in full control of the game rarely going onto the backfoot. Charlie Argyle with a scorching run up the left wing scored a try in the corner and was soon followed by right winger Chris Rempel crossing the whitewash for the last try of the half and with conversions from fly-half Sean Hardwidge oranges were taken with Ampthill in front 34 to nil.
A number of changes made at half time included Harry Lawler coming on at 9 for Connor Stone and Toby Wiggett at 10 for Sean Hardwidge and they were able to continue to provide the intensity of the first half. Flanker Xander Hughes recommenced the scoring with Toby Wiggett slotting the conversion, Charlie Argyle scored his second try in the 55th minute and Harry Lawler spotted the space off the back of a ruck to dive over for a final score of 57 points to nil.
A very strong performance from Ampthill and credit to Towcester for playing the game with good spirit to the very end.
The Academy side now look forward to a rare home fixture this Saturday against Hinckley in a friendly at Dillingham Park and the following Saturday on the road again in the league at Old Laurentians.