“In adversity true character comes to the fore”
An unfortunate mix of Saturday school matches, a few knocks, and another road trip meant we only had 14 players available for this fixture! Particular hats off to Dom Newland who dragged himself out of tonsillitis’s sickbed to play the entire match!
We knew it would be a tough day, rugby is definitely not the game to play with a lack of resources.
Old Leamingtonians’ looked lively from the start, but as it was for all of match, Ampthill’s defence was brutal. 20 minutes gone and no score. But the Ampthill tackle count was through the roof!
Unfortunately we then we suffered a setback when Josh Kerr took a bad knock to his shoulder ( broken clavicle) and we were down to 13 players!
OL ‘s pressure played off, and they scored a nice team try. But Ampthill were definitely not for rolling over. Brilliantly led by captain Tom Jeans we worked our way up the pitch to go over in the corner to even up the scores.
The lads were tired but relentless. However, we then lost another player to a knock so the spaces began to be exploited. A yellow card to Jake Swift for a tactical shoulder barge didn’t help our numbers! OL’s scored a further 3 tries but not without having to work really hard.
The match was split into thirds, and thankfully the opposition dropped some numbers so we had parity for a while. Due to the amount of work the lads were doing, furtehr injuries were inevitable and we then lost Jake Swift to a knee knock.
Ampthill was not to be left without the last say. Phase after phase they kept the ball and the pressure told with a score under the posts, the conversion was also good and with that came the final whistle.
A fantastic effort by all the lads on the pitch who did themselves and their coaches proud.
Hopefully, we won’t ever have to field a shortened team again, but if we did then the effort of these 14 lads is the benchmark.