Good Second Half Secures Try Bonus Point Win At Bishop’s Stortford
Ampthill, for the first time this season, backed up a win with another one after a good performance at Bishop’s Stortford.
The hosts won the toss and chose to go down hill and with the wind, Amps knew it would take a strong effort against the elements. Amps started well taking the lead with right wing Spencer Sutherland’s try wide on the right hand side after multiple phases and passes, fly half Josh Sharp missing the difficult conversion.
The home side fought back taking play into A’s half and after some quick thinking from a penalty darted over to score in the left hand corner, the missed conversion levelling the score.
Stortford took the lead after an interception deep inside their own half, the ensuing break and re-cycle saw a kick through gathered for another try wide out, again the conversion slid wide leaving the score 10-5 at oranges.
The visitor’s forward pack was going well winning most of the collisions and putting the Stortford scrum under pressure at every opportunity while the line out, though improved, still needs more work.
The backs, however, have taken big steps forward in the last couple of weeks with trys from wing Sam Baker, Scrum half Euan McKirdy and Sutherland again taking the backs try count in the last two games to ten. Flanker Will Allman came off the bench to score the only forward try of the day with Sharp adding two conversions to leave the score 10-29 at no side.
An all round good performance on the road but a completely different challenge arrives at Dillingham Park next week in the shape of former Premiership side Rotherham Titans who were playing in the Championship last season. The Titans are the form side in the division with four bonus point wins in a row, stand as favourites for the National 1 title and a return straight back to the Championship.