Ampthill came away with a draw against league leaders and unbeaten Richmond Vikings, but were definitely disappointed not to have come away with the full 4 points in the league. Glorious sunshine and a firm footing pitch greeted Ampthill at the Athletic Ground which had more of an April feel than the beginning of February.
Ampthill began the first 22 minutes defending their line, repelling phase after phase of attacking rugby. 1881 case not being helped by the referees’ whistle going against Ampthill.
Once Ampthill finally got in the right area of the field, they opened the scoring for the day. A blindside move with quick hands from Williams and Diamond, lead to Sam Baker scorching down the left to touchdown for the first try. Bordoli just wide with the conversion. Richmond showed why they are undefeated and try bonus point in every league game, with their forwards forcing their way over the line near the posts for an easy conversion. Ampthill being disappointed to be going into half time behind
The second half was another huge physical battle with Bordoli scoring a converted try for Ampthill and Richmond’s replacement scrum-half scoring with 5 minutes to go. Fortunately for Ampthill, the conversion came back off the post. The game was so even that both Bordoli and Richmond missed late penalty attempts.
1881 had more than the ability to win, but couldn’t quite get the job done.
- Lynch 14. Aseidu 13. Bordoli (t,c) 12. Hughes 11. Baker 10. Wilson 9. G Williams 8. Molitika (Capt) 7. Dominguez 6. Diamond 5. H Williams 4. Burgess 3. Wilkinson 2. Walliker 1. Tonga’uhia
- Holland 17. Everitt 18. Tovey 19. McSwiggan 20. Thomas
Thank you to Colin Palfrey for pictures!