Ampthill u17s got their season back on track with a good win and a solid performance against a Peterborough RFC Colts side. This fixture followed a number of weeks with matches being postponed by opposing clubs.
Ampthill were due to play Daventry RFC in an East Midlands cup quarter final on Sunday but Daventry conceded the match on the Friday and Peterborough RFC thankfully stepped in for a friendly. These two sides have played against each other for many years up through the age group from mini rugby with Peterborough being very much the dominant side.
Ampthills lack of match practise showed in the early stages and an early unconverted Peterborough try showed how rusty they were. The try, however, gave the home side the wake up they needed and soon Ampthill were getting back into their stride. Liam Everitt converted a penalty mid way through the first half and Charlie Fleckney crossed the line for his first try of the match soon after. At half time Ampthill led 10 points to 8 and the coaches were grateful for the chance to speak with the lads. The second half saw Ampthill become quite dominant with Max Chappell and Liam Gadsden ruling the lineouts and the forwards making strikes against in the scrummages. Two catch and drive lineouts showed Ampthills dominance and brought two more tries for Charlie Fleckney. A fine run through the opposing defence from inside centre Liam Everitt to cross the line for a converted try wrapped up the scoring. Peterborough scored two unconverted tries in the second half and the final score was Ampthill 29 to 18 in the home sides favour.
A good performance which saw the home side improve as the game continued and with important league games coming up in the New Year it was the runout the coaches wanted for the side.