Ampthill’s old habit of slow starts came back to haunt them in the Battle of Bedfordshire and they found themselves 0 v 14 before they got out of their own half!
A crowd of nearly 2000 had gathered in the Grange Jaguar-Land Rover Bowl at Dillingham Park and it was the Bedford fans cheering first as Blues winger Worley scored two early tries, both converted by the exceptional Will Maisey.
Ampthill responded with a good team try of their own finished by Reece Dunn, and then following a trade of penalties really got themselves back into the game when fly-half Russ Bennett snaked through the Blues defence to score and convert 2 minutes before halftime. 17 v 17.
A halftime draw may have flattered the A’s but they again contrived to gift the visitors the advantage – Ampthill fluffed the exit from the kick-off and Blues took full advantage with prop Iyogun scoring under the posts. 17 v 24 at oranges.
After what had been a poor first half and just when we where thinking it couldn’t get any worse, the Blues came out for the second half and effectively put the game to bed by frankly blowing the mob away with three tries in twelve minutes effectively taking the game away from the As.
First Worley intercepted a pass in his own half to break the Ampthill line and sprint 60 metres to finish his own hatrick. This was followed by tries from Tapley and Elliot to leave the score at 17 v 43 with 20 minutes to play.
Captain Charlie Beckett tried to rally the troops and the Mob did respond with tries from Fenley – a quick tap and go, and then Josh Skelcey finishing a sweeping team move for his first try since signing for the Mob this summer. 28 v 43
However another Maisey penalty put paid to any comeback before Pat Tapley scored his second to make the score 28 v 53.
A penalty fifth try to Ampthill was the final play of the game and the visitors deservedly took Bedfordshire bragging rights back to Goldington Road. Until January at least!
Final score 34 v 53
DoR Mark Lavery “We lost the game just before and just after half time. We got ourselves back in the game, and if we’d seen out the final minute of the first half it could have been different. But the Blues took the momentum into the second half and then really put us under pressure and made our defence look very poor. We were again inaccurate and indecisive with the ball in hand and decision making cost us. The Blues scrum was very effective today, our set-piece didn’t work and that gave them a platform to attack from.
We have a week off now and a lot of to work on before one of the most difficult away trips of the season at Jersey on 23rd.”