Amps U15s fight back to make County Cup final

Ampthill U15s v Biggleswade U15s PNL-141222-115847002
Ampthill U15s v Biggleswade U15s PNL-141222-115847002

Both sides made a nervous start in windy conditions at Dillingham Park and early mistakes were made. The visitors, playing down the slope, were first to score with a good try in the corner after only six minutes.

They followed this up with a penalty score after Ampthill were penalised for not clearing away at a ruck and oranges were taken shortly after with Biggleswade leading 8-0.

The second half started much better with Ampthill scoring a converted try within two minutes of the restart when Charlie Fleckney took a tap and go penalty on Biggy’s 22 metre line and forced his way through the defence and crossed the whitewash. Biggleswade responded soon after with another unconverted try to lead 15-7 and were once again looking strong.

Ampthill, however, had other ideas and stuck to their game. Joe Cafferty again was dominant in the lineout and piercing forwards runs were coming from Charlie Fleckney, Lewis Sharp and Soni Ma-Asi, gaining good yards on each occasion.

This led to Soni scoring a try to close the scores to 15-12 and set the game up for a nail-biting final 15 minutes.

The final play of the game saw Charlie make one of his runs through the defence but was stopped just short. In the tackle he was able to pop the ball up for Soni who crossed the line to score a winning try and unleash noisy celebrations from the home support.