Ampthill Academy travelled to Putnoe Woods for this early season East Midlands League 1 match on a clear blue sky afternoon with a full strength squad and with great confidence following a good preseason and a very good intake of new lads into the Academy.
The whitewash was barely dry, though, when Bedford crossed it in the second minute with Ampthill caught having an early nap again. Ampthill’s reply was swift though, and from the restart the A’s worked through a couple of phases and got prop Pierce Holland over the line and following Fynn Cooks conversion the scores were level and barely 5 minutes gone. The second try for Ampthilll came very quickly with the electric pace of winger Liam Watson going over as did the conversion. 14 points to 7 and the game settled down into a steadier pace with both sides having possession but midway through the half, up stepped Liam again with a blistering run up the left wing outside of two defenders and into the corner for the try. Unfortunately picking up a serious jaw injury when coming into an accidental collision with a covering defender while touching down. Ampthill full back Ethan Wells completed the scoring for the first half with a converted try and oranges were taken at 7 – 26 to Ampthill.
The second half saw A’s take a stronger grip on the game and Pierce Holland went over for his second and plenty of possession saw further tries for Ben Billington and Dan Chambers. Both sides emptied their benches in the second half with Bedford scoring a late consolation try to finish a good game at 12 to 43 in Ampthill’s favour.
Next up for the Academy is another away game at Old Northamptonian’s with a 5pm start.