Caldy Triumph After Ampthill Second Half Fight Back
Ampthill travelled to the Wirral on a wild & windy afternoon after a wet night. Amps squad squad five changes to the starting XV, Elliot Otaboyinbo rotated to full back, Oliie Morris came in at centre, Alex Coles made his debut at lock, Billy Johnson returned from suspension at blind side and Sean Reffel rotated to open side. Joe Bercis (flanker) and Ciaran Whyte (outside backs) came on to the bench.
A’s came out of the blocks slowly and allowed Caldy to assume control of game in what can only be described as inconsistent conditions. After 6 minutes the visitors were pinned back by a motivated and physical Caldy that led to the first try, a defensive set from Ampthill featuring a missed tackle up the middle and some pretty poor defending in the ten channel, Caldy duly converting to take a deserved lead.
Amps applied themselves in defence and repulsed wave after wave of Caldy attackes but ultimately conceded another, this time unconverted, try on 16 minutes.
A’s had struggled to adjust to the wild conditions but after 29 minutes got into the Caldy red zone for the first time. Awarded a penalty they took the three points on offer, fly half Mikey Waters kicking the goal, leaving the score 12-3 at half time.
The visitors connections felt that they were still in the game but a combination of outstanding home defence & good work at the breakdown together with Amthill’s poor decision making let the game slip way.
Under pressure in their own half Amps conspired to gift a tight contest to Caldy in the 52nd minute when Waters, in his own in goal area, had his clearance kick charged down for an unconverted try to extend the home side’s lead to 19 v 3 and leave A’s looking at a long afternoon ahead of them.
However the visitors rallied and could have and potentially would have stolen a win but to be honest that wouldn’t have been fair to Caldy.
The visitors put Caldy under the pump with hooker Aleki Lutui scoring from a driving line out, the try going unconverted.
Ampthill, camped in the Caldy 22, chose to kick a 67th minute penalty goal, a decision that they may have paid for later in the game.
Amps launched another raid into the Caldy red zone and came away with lock Jon Kpoku’s 75th minute try converted by Waters from the wide left touch line to close the gap to 1 point.
Unfortunately for A’s, Caldy enjoyed the benefit of a loose kick from which the ball went dead returning play back to the visitors 22 allowing the home side to close out the game. Caldy’s outstanding defense and physicality at the breakdown deserved the win.
Ampthill have had a poor start to the campaign and all the pressure is on the home side with the visit next week to Dillingham Park of Cinderford.