Ampthill register ‘best ever victory’ as Coventry fall short

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Ampthill dug deep to deservedly beat a strong Coventry side 31-25 in a game described as ‘the best result in Ampthill’s history’ by head coach Paul Turner.

Turner said: “This was a team performance that won a game that we might have lost a few months ago.

Ampthill's Joseph Tarrant

Ampthill's Joseph Tarrant

“The forwards were outstanding, with both Syd Blackmore on debut and Kennet O’Neill in his second game deserving special mentions.

“We are still learning at this level but beating a strong Coventry side with all their tradition must go down as the best result in Ampthill’s history.”

Amps began on the front foot, scoring a fine try on nine minutes through centre Elliot Reeder who went under the posts for a try converted by full-back James Pritchard.

Coventry responded with a fine unconverted try of their own in the 14th minute through centre Robert Knox, but on 20 minutes Pritchard was in support to finish under the posts after fly-half Joseph Tarrant broke the line on halfway, before adding the extras to his own try.

A’s were immediately back on the attack from the kick-off and number 8 Maama Molitika drove over the line from close range in the 23rd minute for an unconverted try.

The visitors, showing great character, stemmed the Ampthill tide and came back into the game with a 29th minute try from Ryan Hough, converted by fly-half Cliff Hodgson to leave the score 19-12 at half-time.

Coventry took control at the beginning of the second half, scoring a lineout catch & drive try touched down by hooker Matthew Price on 43 minutes, converted by Hodgson who added two penalty goals in the 47th and 53rd minutes to put his side 25-19 ahead.

However, the hosts produced a fine last quarter, with some great individual and team play leading to a 57th minute unconverted try for replacement flanker Kennet O’Neill.

Pritchard regained the lead with a 67th minute try, and centre William Maisey added the conversion which meant that Coventry had to score a converted try to get their noses back in front.

The remaining 13 minutes of play saw Ampthill on the back foot, but first class defence and discipline kept the visitors from troubling the scoreboard as they held on for the win.

Next up at Ampthill is the Boxing Day charity game, before the first XV return to league action on Saturday, January 2 with a trip to Blaydon.