Ampthill 1881 won their first bonus-point victory of the season but made very hard work of it. 1881 left several tries on the paddock including two in the first five minutes. This seemed to galvanize the opposition to attack with pace from all over the park.
Ampthill relying on a driving maul to score first. Seeming a little more settled, Mikey Waters combined with Facundo Dominguez to put Captain Gavin Williams in. Williams little legs working hard to carry him the last 25 meters. Ampthill’s discipline turned to as bad as it has been in recent times and despite most of the game being played in the Richmond half, two counter-attacking tries meant it was 14-14 with five minutes to go of the half. Dominguez took matters into his own hands, breaking from the back of a scrum and offloading to Rob Hughes to score near the posts and bring the half to a close 14-21.
Strong words from Alan Brown at oranges seemed to have an effect. The referee, who had a great game, was having to blow for less penalties in the second half and a more free-flowing game suited Ampthill. Bailey Thomas scoring first down the wing and Will Allman storming over with determination after a Micky Wilson intercept. Wilson not quite having the speed to finish off himself. Hughes enjoying his best game in an Ampthill shirt, hit a wonderful line from 12 off a line out to scorch over and Liam Everitt flawless with the boot all day. Richmond having the last word with an unconverted try following a prolonged period of pressure on the Ampthill line.
Some really good stuff from Ampthill with the finishers all bringing great energy to the pitch to help see out the result. However, a lot more to work on before the 1881 first home game of the seasons against Esher next weekend.
- Everitt (5c) 14. Thomas (T) 13. Waters 12. Hughes (2T) 11. Diamond 10. Wilson 9. Williams (Capt T) 8. Dominguez 7. Allman (T) 6. Burke 5. L Sharp 4. Burgess 3. Rolfe 2. Wilkinson 1. Walliker
- Fleckney 17. Edwins 18. Cafferty 19. Cleaver 20. Howes