Academy Too Strong for Towcestrians
The Academy made the short trip to Towcester for an East Midlands friendly on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon with players and spectators alike facing a battle with the elements for the first time this season.
Towcestrians are in the same division as Ampthill but have not had a great start to their league campaign and the academy team were looking for a fast start playing down the slope with the wind and rain at their backs. Ethan Wells used his electrifying pace to exploit space out wide and score the 1st try after 4 minutes which was quickly followed by tries from Pierce Holland, Harry Charter and Jake Dodd all converted by the trusty boot of Fynn Cooke.
At 0-28 after 20 minutes Towcestrians must have feared the worse but, to their credit they marched up field and after a concerted period of pressure scored a try under the sticks. The force of the wind was then demonstrated as the conversion was promptly missed. Ampthill shrugged off that set back and got back to piling pressure on the Towcester defence. This resulted in three more tries before half time with Ethan Wells, Jake Dodd and Pierce Holland dotting down and picking up their second tries of the match, two of which were converted by Fynn Cooke. Pick of the bunch must go to Pierce Holland who fielding a restart in his own 22 proceeded to go the length of the field scattering defenders like confetti to score in the corner. Whilst Pierce got his breath back oranges were taken with Ampthill ahead 5-47.
The coaching team took the opportunity to empty the bench at half time with Alex Marshall and Jack Dear making their Saturday debuts along with Stevie Rourke who had started in the second row.
Towcestrians started the second half well using the conditions to kick the ball deep and pin Ampthill back into their 22. From one such kick Towcestrians scored the opening try as Ampthill struggled to secure the wet and slippery bouncing ball. However, their thoughts of a competitive second half with the wind and rain at their backs were dashed as Ampthill promptly marched up the other end and Sam Stirling grabbed his second try.
Further tries followed from Pierce Holland, completing his hat trick, Chris Rempel following an excellent chip through from Harry Lawler and Alex Marshall following an interception in midfield followed by a 50m sprint uphill into the teeth of the wind.
Jake Dodd and Sam Stirling completed the scoring with Harry Lawler converted 3 off the second half tries leaving the final score at 10-83.
Next up for the Academy is a trip to Bugbrooke who are flying high in East Mids Div 2 before the National Colts Cup first round tie with Lutterworth at Dillingham Park on Saturday 20th October.