U17 Ampthill 31 – 26 London Welsh HML

Early morning torrential downpours had put this Herts/Middlesex top division league fixture in doubt but the rain stopped and the sun appeared in time for Ampthill u17s to welcome London Welsh u17s to Dillingham Park for a rare meeting between these two sides.
Ampthill got off to a bad start when Welsh ran in a converted try under the posts following a defensive error. Heads stayed high though and the lads settled into their game and responded with a try from Charlie Fleckney after 7 minutes and again from George Odell in the 14th minute which was converted. As the half came to an end Liam Everitt picked up an interception in his own half and ran clear under the posts to touch down and made the conversion to put Ampthill in front 19 to 7 at oranges.
Playing up the slope in the second half, A’s made a rare excursion with the ball through the backs and outside centre Kyle McSwiggan finished off some enterprising attack play with a try out on the right wing. A quick reply from Welsh saw them get back into the game with a converted try to make the score 24 to 14 in Ampthills favour.
Ampthill thought the game was theirs after 45 minutes when Liam Everitt picked up a pass again in his own half and rounded the defence to sprint to the posts for another converted try, 31 to 14. Thereafter, the Ampthill lads discipline slipped and penalties were conceded far too frequently which put London Welsh onto the front foot and saw Ampthill having to strongly defend their own line. Despite conceding two late tries, one converted, Ampthill hung in and after continued Welsh attempts to cross the border were resisted a penalty was awarded to Ampthill 5 metres out and the ball was kicked from the park with great relief. A final score of Ampthill 31, London Welsh 26 was a very fair reflection on a really good and strongly fought match, which was something both sets of coaches could agree on.

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