Ampthill U17s followed up their narrow loss to Peterborough with another very strong friendly fixture, this time against Hertford.
A’s started down the slope and were soon a converted try down following good work from the Hertford forwards forcing their way through some poor defending. Into their stride Ampthill opened their scoring with A’s inside centre Liam Everitt taking a strong line through the Hertford defence to cross the whitewash and then bisect the posts. Charlie Fleckney added to the try count soon after with a series of carries from the Amps forwards seeing him go over to take it to 14 – 7 at oranges with the home side looking strong.
The half time break saw some fresh legs come onto the field with four substitutions for the hosts and the upper hand in possession being continued. On the left wing Tom Murray crossed into the corner for the third try with some great play through quick hands across the field stretching the opposition defence. Ampthill’s fourth try scored by prop Max Noble try came following straight up the middle play with rolling mauls from the forwards who had their moment in the spotlight and Max making that final metre to cross the line.
Hertford scored a consolation try in the dying moments which was a disappointing end to a great performance, but one which will no doubt be discussed at length back in training.
The Ampthill coaches were very satisfied with the performance of the side and the work rate put in. Next week the Herts/Middlesex league season starts in the top division with an away fixture to Fullerians.