Sandbach 14 Ampthill 43
Ampthill stormed back to joint top spot in the National League Three Midlands with a superb 43-14 victory at Sandbach.
On a perfect pitch Amps secured a bonus point victory to tie at the top with leaders Sutton Coldfield who suffered a surprise 21-17 home defeat to South Leicester.
Amps handed a debut to former Bedford Blues lock Marc Comb in Cheshire as their preparation paid off against newly-promoted Sandbach.
The visitors came flying out of the blocks, scoring 29 unanswered points in the first half and hour and secured the bonus point thanks to four tries from tighthead prop Joseph Sproston, a brace from full-back Elliot Clements-Hill and one from wing Dean Adamson.
Clements-Hill also struck three conversions and kicked a penalty to put A’s in complete control.
Shell-shocked Sandbach refused to buckle though and raised their intensity and took the game to Amps for the rest of the encounter.
Sandbach scored converted tries either side of half time to narrow the gap, but Amps responded with a pushover try from a five-metre scrum for number eight Marc Popham and a breakaway length-of-the-field score by winger Kyle Palm, both converted by Clements-Hill.
It proved to be a flattering win for Ampthill who this week face local rivals Bedford Athletic at Putnoe Woods in the quarter-finals of the East Midlands Senior Cup.