Defence is the key for Amps in awayday win

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Ampthill travelled to Mortimer Park and recorded a 29-7 victory over Luctonians as they delivered a disciplined defensive display.

Amps overcame a stern challenge from Luctonians whose pack secured plenty of ball and used driving mauls effectively for territory while also challenging hard at the breakdown.

The visitors scored three tries in the first half; the first coming from number eight Thomas Nutley who showed strength and agility to get to the line after receiving the ball on the home side’s 22.

The second score came courtesy of an outstanding solo effort from fly-half Joseph Tarrant who broke the line on half-way, leaving three defenders in his wake before beating three more to touch down under the posts.

Tight head Joseph Sproston then crashed over from short range to finish a fine 13-phase play which saw turnover ball moved from Ampthill’s 22 deep into the home red zone. Tarrant converted the first and second tries.

The hosts finally got some reward for their pressure with a try by the left corner flag, converted from the touchline to leave the score 19-7 to Ampthill at half-time.

The second half saw Ampthill under the cosh for long periods, with Luctonians securing multiple phases within the Amps red zone but failing to trouble the scoreboard.

Amps crossed the whitewash for two further tries late on through hooker Alexander Bloisi and openside flanker Joseph Bercis.

Both went unconverted in similarly comical fashion when the ball was blown off the tee after the kicker had commenced his run up.

Though not completely fluent, this was a determined performance by Ampthill.

Director of rugby Mark Lavery said: “The final score did not reflect the balance of play.

“Our goal line defence was outstanding but on another day the scoreboard might have seen a much closer result.”