Albion Too Good For Inaccurate Ampthill
Ampthill made their longest away trip (240 miles) of the season to Brickfields to find, as usual, wet and windy conditions.
Plymouth’s squad contained 6 changes in the starting XV and 3 on the bench as the hosts reacted to a poor start to the season.
Playing against the wind & slope in the first half Amps turned around 12-0 behind but were simply unable to take advantage during the second as a combination of the home side’s committed defense and an inability to turn possesion and territory into points left them with no league points for the first time this season.
In truth A’s got precisely what they deserved after a display that was completely inaccurate and sloppy at best.
The visitor’s started well dominating territory and possession until a missed kick to touch from a penalty awarded on the half way line saw Albion move the ball into mid field where the line break from a missed one on one tackle led to a 16th minute unconverted try.
Ampthill responded well and continued to have the better of possession and territory, however, on multiple occasions attacking positions were wasted with a non functional lineout or wrong option taking by the backs the primary causes. The lineout in particular is now a real concern.
Another lost lineout inside the home side’s 22 saw a long kick & chase result in another error as the clearing kick was sliced into touch. The resulting lineout saw the hosts launch a well executed catch and drive which was illegally brought down resulting in a yellow card. Now a man down Amps were unable to prevent Albion’s catch & drive from scoring a converted try leaving the score 12-0 at oranges.
Playing with the elements in the second half should have been to the visitor’s advantage but regrettably the lack of game control got worse with the introduction of the replacements.
Amps did manage to close the gap with a forwards try when Albion were down to 13 players but conceded another on the stroke of full time leaving the final score 17-5 with the hosts worthy winners.
Head Coach Paul Turner commented “I couldn’t fault the effort but dreadful execution, complete lack of accuracy and game control led to a poor display and a deserved defeat.
If we intend to improve on last season a number of the playing group need to stick to the game plan and, as importantly, take responsibility for their own performance.“