Much Changed 1stXV Go Down At Rosslyn Park
Rosslyn Park fully deserved their win at the Rock with a strong and disciplined display against a much changed Ampthill.
Amps saw a major overhaul of the squad with nine changes to the match day 20 which obviously took a while to settle and Park, with the benefit of the elements in the first half, took advantage.
The hosts scored first after the referee overruled his assistant to give a line out to the home side from some distance away!
The resulting line out, catch & drive followed by multiple phases saw an 8th minute try scored by Rosslyn Park wing Ben Marfo wide out with fly half Greg Lound’s well struck conversion bi-secting the posts.
Park extended their lead in the 20th minute after being awarded a kickable penalty, Lound making no mistake from the tee leaving the score 10-0 at oranges.
A’s execution in the backs had been problematic for much of the half, in particular wrong option taking was too prevalent.
The visitor’s made a couple of changes at half time including scrum half Gavin Williams coming off the bench to win his 161st cap for the first team and become the most capped player in the history of the club in the National Leagues.
Flanker Shaun Reffell also joined the fray and both players made a massive difference bringing energy and application to the match.
Ampthill full back James Pritchard kicked a 46th minute penalty to narrow the gap to one score but, sadly, Amps back division spent another frustrating forty minutes to further disappoint the the visitor’s watching connections.
With the clock ticking down the hosts were penalised again, Ampthill chose to kick to the corner. The ensuing line out was lost but Amps managed to regain the ball and continued to press the home defence, gradually beginning to win the arm wrestle.
When the hosts were penalised again in front of the posts A’s connections were confused when they chose, inexplicably, to kick the penalty, Pritchard narrowing the lead to 4 points on 77 minutes.
Strange thinking since the A’s gained nothing as the goal left them in the same position as before the kick, just with a losing bonus point!
Although regaining possession the visitor’s were unable to add to their score to see a well organised and deserving Rosslyn Park with the spoils, 10-6.
Direcor of rugby Mark Lavery commented “Our away form is a real problem and if we are going to improve on last years fourth placed finish the playing group needs to take a long hard look at themselves and learn to turn up to away fixtures.“