Hull Ionians 13 1stXV 49, Sat Nov 19, 2016, Match Report
Ampthill travelled to Brantingham Park on a cold, crisp autumnal morning. Amps squad saw a number of changes, up front lock Nick Isiekwe & flanker Ben Earl returned from B&I duty with Saracens while the bench included hooker James Fish similarly back from Saints duty, debutant scrum half Alex Mitchell from Saints and the return of backs cover Elliot Reeder.
A competitive first half finished with the score 13 (1t) – 18 (2t), the second saw the visitors run in 5 further trys to record an emphatic victory.
Amps began well with fly half Joe Tarrant running the kick off back into Ionians territory resulting in a lineout inside the home 22. A trademark catch & drive saw prop Matt Collins touch down with Tarrant adding the extras in the 1st minute.
More pressure from the visitors resulted in Tarrant striking a penalty goal on 10 minutes with the hosts responding almost immediately with a penalty goal of their own through full back Lee Millar.
On 36 minutes Hull wing Aquille Smith touched down with Millar adding the extras to narrow the points gap to 3. An instant response saw visiting prop Brett Sturgess score his 2nd try of the season before Millar added another penalty in time added on to leave the score 13-18 at oranges.
The second half was more one sided with A’s scoring 5 trys through wing Sam Baker (42), Eighthman Maama Molitika (45), full back Stef Jones (59), centre Sam Hanks (78) and replacement back Elliot Reeder (80) with Tarrant adding three conversions.
A fine away win against a side who have always been tough opponents, next week Ampthill host Blaydon at Dillingham Park, k.o. 14:15.
Try:- Smith (36)
Conversion:- Millar (37)
Penalty:- Millar (23, 41)
Try:- Collins (2), Sturgess (38), Baker (42), Molitika (45), Jones (59), Hanks (78), Reeder (80)
Conversion:- Tarrant (3, 43, 46, 80)
Penalty:- (10, 29)