Ampthill young guns win well against St Neots

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Ampthill U15s secured an impressive 40-19 victory over second-placed St Neots in a top of the table clash in the East Midlands Challenge.

Ampthill went into the crucial showdown with a much changed side, but they got the job done in convincing fashion.

Under bright but windy conditions, St Neots got off to a good start with a converted try in the first few minutes.

However, Ampthill drew level after only six minutes with Kyle McSwiggan crossing the whitewash following a strong run from Jack Edwards on the Ampthill wing

The game was starting to hot up and St Neots had some good runners who again troubled the Ampthill defence.

They scored again to regain the lead, but this time the try went unconverted.

Ampthill now began to settle into their own game, with their defence becoming better organised, and they were able to enjoy their oranges with the score tied at 12 points apiece following a Charlie Fleckney try just before half-time.

The second half got off to a good start, with Ampthill unchanged from the team that ended the first period.

Full-back Ben Wilson was looking very good under some high balls and he scored after just three minutes, with Liam Everitt crossing the line again for Ampthill shortly afterwards to increase his side’s advantage.

Ampthill were now dominating the game, with good performances from hooker Anthony Wilson and flankers George Odell and Josh Wright.

Further tries followed from Edwards and McSwiggan, after a good solo run, before St Neots battled back to score a consolation try late on.

The final score of 40 points to 19 in favour of Ampthill secured the top position in the table and showed a good spirited performance from the youngsters after sloppy start.

It also sets the side up well for the upcoming matches in an important end to the campaign.

The Ampthill senior first XV, meanwhile, were without a game at the weekend, but they return to action on Saturday with a home fixture against Huddersfield. Kick-off is at 3pm.