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The Mob went to Goldington Road attempting the finish the season on a high but ran into a highly motivated Blues playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in the most difficult of seasons.
In what was to be a display of inconsistency and errors, the A’s got what they deserved and lost the match – a result which left them one place lower down the Championship table to finish seventh overall.
In what proved to be the shape of things to come, what looked like a pretty standard clearance kick from the Mob 22 the kicker booted the ball into the back of the head of Ampthill hooker Syd Blackmore, and it rebounded into the goal area. Josh Gillespie, the Saints dual-reg winger was first to react and touch down to give the Blues a 7 v 0 lead.
The first half saw the Blues backs making regular breaks on the wide channels, and the A’s forwards battling to keep their team in the game.
Two converted tries scored from breaks inside the Blues half and basic tackles missed in the wide channels, finished by Niko and Worley gave the Blues a well-deserved halftime lead of 27 v 14. The Blues had also suffered a red card for flanker Olly Curry with Ampthill’s Charlie Beckett yellow carded for his involvement in the same incident after 26 minutes.
The Mob did come out firing in the second half and scored two tries of their own through forwards Llewelyn Jones and Syd Blackmore to take the lead 27 v 28, and put together the only real fifteen-minute spell that was in line with the game plan.
On 50 minutes retiring Blues Captain Sean McCarthy received a yellow card, and the A’s s were now playing 13 men and should have been able to win the game. Unfortunately, when the A’s bench entered the fray the game went away from them and despite being two men up and being awarded a scrum on the halfway line, replacement flyhalf Russell Bennett contrived to kick the ball out on the full and this ultimately allowed the Blues to regain possession and win the game with an unconverted try from Hirsky-Douglas on 58 mins.
The A’s ended up chasing the game and again poor discipline and decision-making allowed the Blues to deservedly win the game and break the Mobs recent strong record at Goldington Road.
Following the game, Ampthill Director of Rugby Mark Lavery commented
“Whilst today has been a disappointment that we will have to put behind us, we would like to thank all of our members, fans, and sponsors who stood by us in our hour of need and raised the money to pay for the Covid testing and so allowing us to take our place in the Championship this season.
It’s great to see our Mini and Youth, Ladies and Girls along with our amateurs sides back on the pitch, and we hope next season will be a little closer to what we would class as normal however we are fully aware the virus is still out there and continues to cause issues for society as a whole in addition to the rugby community.