Amps hit Stourbridge with second half blitz

Ampthill fly-half Joseph Tarrant
Ampthill fly-half Joseph Tarrant

Ampthill overcame Stourbridge with a six-try salvo in the second half as they ran our winners by 44 points to 12 to maintain top spot in National Two North.

Playing into the wind, Amps began on the front foot and scrum-half Kevin Barrett broke the line inside the 22; carrying two defenders with him across the whitewash for a fourth minute try converted by fly-half Joseph Tarrant from wide out.

Stourbridge responded by taking the game to Amps. On 12 minutes the visitors scored an unconverted try through their scrum-half, and a second score followed soon afterwards which this time was converted.

Despite dominating possession and territory, the visitors failed to add to their score with the Amps defence holding firm against wave after wave of pressure.

With the scoreboard reading 12-7 to Stourbridge at half-time, the second half saw gradually improving conditions which resulted in the home side scoring six further tries without reply.

First, man of the match flanker Matthew Burke touched down after a 5m scrum was driven over the line with 45 minutes played.

Then, just four minutes later, left wing Gareth Clarke made the extra man in mid field for full-back Karim Lynch to score wide on the right, with Tarrant converting.

Tarrant converted a straightforward penalty goal on 57 minutes to put Ampthill more than one score ahead, before replacement flanker Jake McCloud – making his season debut – finished a fine move wide on the left which went unconverted.

Hooker Alex Bloisi added another try on 64 minutes after barging through two tackles, converted by Tarrant, before Clarke scored under the posts from a training ground move, with Tarrant again adding the extras.

Centre Jonathan Raven completed the scoring after 76 minutes.

Ampthill head coach Paul Turner said: “After a difficult first half in monsoon conditions, I thought we had the game won going in just five points down.

“The team executed the plan discussed at half-time with clinical and precise play; all in all a good performance”

Ampthill make the trip north to play Huddersfield this weekend.