Ampthill Academy travelled upto Northampton for this second league 1 game of the season with great confidence following last weeks win at Bedford. The usual slow Ampthill start, however, saw them concede a try in the fifth minute but reply in the 14th with Pierce Hollands rampant charge being finished with a pick up by Noah Ransome and crossing to level at 5 all.
For many spectators the try of the game followed, midway through the first half, when at an Ampthill lineout in the home sides half Adam Shelley took the ball and fed to Pierce and the resulting rolling maul saw Amps’ drive 35m to the try line and Charlie Garwood dropping to place the ball. The home side, perhaps a bit shell shocked, conceded again within 2 minutes when from their own 22 Amps counter attacked. Fynn Cooks chip into open field saw Ethan Wells take the catch out on the right wing and make yards with an offload to scrum half Charlie Stevens who beat the defence with a 45m run and placed under the posts for the final score of the half and oranges were taken at 5 to 19 in Amps. favour.
With O.N.’s now playing down the slope, the flow of the game changed and they dominated much of the second half with unconverted tries in the 43rd and 47th minutes but a good try, after 64 minutes, down their left wing and past a disjointed Ampthill defence saw O.N.’s take the lead at 22 to 19.
The match reached its crescendo with Ampthills Noah Ransome crossing again after 64 for an unconverted try to take the lead at 22 – 24 but O.N.’s clinched the game, 25 – 24, from a penalty kick in front of the posts. Ampthills attempt to rescue the result in the dying moments went unrewarded and they were left to reflect on some moments when decisions might have been different and match discipline might have been better.
Ampthill Academy have a home league fixture next Saturday against Peterborough at Dillingham Park with a 3pm start.