Ampthill endured a difficult afternoon as they were hammered 46-10 by Richmond at Dillingham Park on Saturday.
Ampthill’s squad was hit with a last minute change when winger George Elliot was injured in the warm-up, with Gavin Williams stepping up to replace him and Kieran Duffin drafted on to the bench.
Further problems ensued when hooker and captain Viliami Ma’asi and inside centre William Goodge both had to leave the field early on through injury, replaced by James Fish and Elliot Reeder.
Amps began well, but Richmond’s organised defence was up to the task, with the home side rarely threatening.
The 11th minute saw the hosts penalised outside their 22, allowing visiting full-back Robert Kirby to convert a penalty, and gradually Richmond took control of the game – earning a 20th minute unconverted try for right wing Charles Broughton.
The remainder of the period saw much of the play in the hosts’ half, and Richmond extended their lead on 38 minutes with a try from number 8 Christopher Davies. Kirby’s conversion left the score 15-0 to the visitors.
The second half began with Ampthill on the attack, but a knock on in front of the posts saw the chance go begging as Richmond gained 70m with one clearing kick.
A turnover gave the visitors field position, and ruthless execution saw them score an unconverted 47th minute try through blindside Thomas Sargeant to effectively kill the contest.
Richmond went on to add four further second half tries through Broughton (55, 66), Davies (70)and& Sargeant (73), with Kirby adding the extras for three of them.
Ampthill scored two consolation tries on 59 and 77 minutes – both through catch and drives – the former through openside Matthew Burke and the latter through tight head Aleki Lutui.
Ampthill director of rugby Mark Lavery said: “Richmond are the best team we’ve seen at Dillingham Park for the past few seasons.
“Sadly, our injury problems have now reached epidemic proportions and we may struggle to find 20 fit first team squad players next week.”
Next up for Amps is a trip to Plymouth Albion on Saturday.