The Academy went down to their second league defeat of the season at home against a strong Kettering side.
Early pressure from A’s went unrewarded, a feature of the game, and Kettering went up the other end to score a converted try on their first visit to the home sides 22. This was quickly followed by a penalty to make the score 0 – 10 after just 8 minutes. In the 10th minute Prop Pierce Holland got Ampthill onto the scoreboard with a typical strong charge across the try line. A further Kettering try and a penalty saw the visitors build a lead although Ampthill came back into the game just before halftime when Holland crossed again and Fyn Cook made the conversion to see oranges taken at 12 – 18 to the visitors.
The second half went a similar way to the first with Ampthill having plenty of ball and threatening the try line on numerous occasions but coming away with no points added. Ketterings strong set of backs made the difference in the second period with three tries which were mainly scored from counter attacks and their full back having a stand out game. Ampthill lost their man of the match Pierce Holland to a leg injury midway through the half but flanker Xander Hughes did score a late converted try. So the final score 19 – 37 and a deserved win to Kettering although Ampthill Academy were left to think about the possession enjoyed but not converted into points.
Next league match is away to Buckingham on 24th November but prior to that Ampthill will host Ashby on the 17th in a very important National Cup match.