Poor discipline costs Ampthill the win against Huddersfield

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An ill-disciplined Ampthill performance saw them frustrated by Huddersfield as their clash finished all square at 17-17 on a damp day at Lockwood Park.

The Amps squad saw two changes in the pack, one change in the backs and one on the bench which perhaps disrupted their rhythm.

Huddersfield, who were competitive right from the get go, thoroughly deserved this result while Ampthill will rue a series of missed chances to put the game to bed in the second half.

The hosts took an early lead with a converted try, but this was soon cancelled out by a trademark catch and drive from the visitors which was touched down by openside flanker Joseph Bercis and converted by fly-half Joseph Tarrant.

Soon afterwards, though, a forced pass inside the home side’s 22 saw Huddersfield score a length of the field unconverted interception try when it seemed that the visitors must score.

However, this was again matched by an unconverted solo try from Tarrant who attacked the home defensive line outside the 22, leaving the scores all square at 12-12 at half-time.

The second half saw Ampthill take the lead with a fine unconverted try which was well finished by left wing Lee Anker after – not for the first time in the contest – Amps had pushed their hosts off their own ball at a midfield scrum to create the scoring opportunity.

The visitors created chances to seal both the game and the bonus point but they failed to be clinical and were eventually punished for their profligacy.

The last 10 minutes saw Amps repeatedly penalised, and they received a yellow card and conceded an unconverted try to leave the scores level at full-time.

The hosts’ excellent hospitality was matched by a determined on-field performance, while Ampthill have much to review before their next game.