When Enfield Ignatians pulled out of the arranged fixture the Ampthill Academy Sunday squad were left looking at a blank weekend.
Wellingborough offered to step into the breach and the Sunday team travelled north on a clear, bright Saturday afternoon to Cut Throat Lane
looking for some good preparation prior to their HML campaign starting the following weekend.
The late switch to a Saturday unfortunately led to a number of boys being unavailable but, with the Saturday team having no fixture, we were able to call on a number of the senior players from the Saturday team to support.
The first fifteen minutes proved a disjointed affair with Ampthill getting on the wrong side of the referee on numerous occasions which prevented us building momentum. The match was then halted by a serious looking injury to Sam Stirling who had started the game with a number of trademark carries. This necessitated a change of pitch and an ambulance being called.
The game continued in the same vein after the restart with Ampthill putting some good phases together and defending well but falling foul of the whistle on too many occasions. In between the whistles, Ampthill scored two good tries through Fynn Cook both converted by Sean Hardwidge. Oranges were taken with Ampthill leading 14 – 0 and reflecting that, with a bit more accuracy and better decision making the scoreline would have been wider.
The second half was dominated by Ampthill with solid defence around the fringes and in midfield shutting down Wellingborough. The scrum was holding its own and Ampthill were dominating the lineout with Tom Burton stealing the Wellingborough throw on numerous occasions. The pacy back division always looked threatening with ball in hand and this led to three more tries in the second half. Fynn Cook completed his hat trick with the other tries scored by Dan Chalmers and Josh Methven. Sean Hardwidge converted two of the tries.
Wellingborough scored a consolation try towards the end which was converted leaving the final score 33 – 7 to Ampthill.
Overall, a good hit out in preparation for the opening league fixture with Hemel this weekend. The news also got better on the journey home as we heard that Sam Stirling had been released from hospital with no more than a severe case of bruising to his neck muscles and thankfully no concussion.
Finally, a sincere thank you to the Wellingborough 1st team physio for his prompt support and taking control of Sam’s treatment on the pitch prior to the ambulance arriving.