Ampthill 1881 started 2020 in the perfect way, by scoring 10 tries against a Wimbledon side that held Ampthill to a 12-10 scoreline at the beginning of the season.
1881 set-piece was accurate all day with the front row winning a penalty, then the forwards delivering the perfect platform from a lineout for Rob Hughes to crash over. The backs took over for the next one with Kwaku Asiedu fielding a loose kick, charging up the field and offloading to Will Allman who just got over the line. Just as Wimbledon were putting their game together, a turnover saw Mikey Waters sprint clear from halfway for 21-0. Four try bonus point was wrapped up with Will Foster turning on the after burners, as the temperature at pitch 4 started to decrease. Liam Everitt crossed the line in the corner but for a valiant cover tackle, knocking the ball out of Everitt’s hand. It seemed more difficult not to score! Asiedu showing him how it was done by scoring two before the half was done. A yellow card for Lewis Sharp in the red zone after repeated infringements, lead to Wimbledon scoring twice during the sin bin period to bring the half to a close 40-14.
Ampthill scored another four tries in the second half. Hughes completing a hat-trick, Chris Diamond and Ollie Walliker finishing with a flourish. The only sour note being Niall Cleaver being carried from the field with a suspected broken ankle.
Very good performance from Ampthill this week with forwards laying the perfect platform for backs to finish off the chances. 1881 climb up to fifth in the table but with several games in hand over sides above them.
- Everitt (9c) 14. Asiedu (2t) 13. Waters (t) 12. Hughes (3t) 11. Foster (t) 10. Wilson 9. Cleaver 8. Langley 7. Allman (t) 6. Diamond (t) 5. Sharp 4. Lane (capt) 3. Colline 2. Wilkinson 1. Walliker (t)
- Fleckney 17. Holland 18. Rolfe 19. Thomas 20. Shelly
Thank you to Iain Frankish of Actuance for covering the game and usual great images!