Amps dig deep to claim victory against Broadstreet

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Ampthill showed their steel as they survived a late rally from Broadstreet to record a hard-fought victory at Dillingham Park on Saturday.

After a competitive first half which ended with A’s holding a narrow lead, the home side dominated the third quarter, scoring four tries before the visitors rallied in the last 10 minutes with two tries of their own.

Maama Molitika opened the scoring for Ampthill

Maama Molitika opened the scoring for Ampthill

Ampthill led at half-time courtesy of a seventh minute unconverted try from number 8 Maama Molitika (pictured) and a 16th minute score from loose-head Joseph Sproston, converted by centre Brendan Burke.

Broadstreet were also on the scoresheet via converted penalty goals on 13 and 28 minutes.

The second half began with another penalty goal for the visitors in the 43rd minute.

But Amps responded by turning on both the power and the style with tries from hooker Viliami Ma’asi (45) who forced his way over from close range, full-back Karim Lynch (52) who sold a dummy to cross out wide after a fine backs handling move, and Burke (58 & 65) who broke the line to score under the posts and out wide.

After A’s emptied their bench, the visitors redoubled their efforts and scored a fine try through their full-back.

They were then awarded a penalty try after the hosts were adjudged to have repeatedly infringed in the red zone.

After an even first half, Ampthill produced a excellent 20 minutes followed by a good recovery from Broadstreet as the visitors were arguably good value for their win.

Ampthill director of rugby Mark Lavery said: “It was a good performance for 70 minutes, however the last 10 saw us lose control and we can’t afford to let that happen again.”