Amps are too hot for Otley

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Ampthill recorded an impressive 53-12 victory over Yorkshire side Otley their first ever visit to Cross Green.

After an opening period in which Amps were on the back foot, scrum-half Gavin Williams opened the scoring on 12 minutes after a line break from full-back Karim Lynch and a good offload from Gareth Clarke. Fly-half Joseph Tarrant’s conversion slid across the face of the posts.

The next 15 minutes belonged to Otley, but they did not threaten to cross the whitewash.

Instead, Ampthill’s second score came on 27 minutes after a breakdown penalty resulted in a lineout catch and drive which saw blindside flanker Matthew Burke adding an unconverted try to his tally.

Darryl Dyer went over for a 37th minute try to add to the Ampthill advantage, with Brendan Burke adding the extras to give the visitors a flattering 17-0 half time lead.

The 44th minute saw Number 8 Maama Molitika drive between two defenders 10m out in front of the posts for the bonus point try, converted by Brendan Burke.

Otley responded immediately with their most incisive play of the game, resulting in a 49th minute unconverted try for their replacement wing.

The visitors’ response was emphatic, with a 10-minute spell in which four tries were scored by centre William Goodge, Joseph Bercis, a second for Matthew Burke, and another for Dyer –with Brendan Burke converting only the first of these.

The home side threw everything at Ampthill for the last 10 minutes, scoring a fine try from their inside centre who crashed over from short range, with the effort converted by their scrum-half.

Amps had the last word, however, when Dyer completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute, with Lynch converting.

One of their more consistent performances this season, Amps were clinical up front and miserly in defence to secure the points.

Ampthill tries: Williams (12), Burke M (27, 63), Dyer (37, 66, 78), Molitika (44), Goodge (56), Bercis (61). Conversions: Burke B (38, 45, 57), Lynch (79).