Ampthill defeat Esher to end an excellent season

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Ampthill ended the season with a 20-13 victory over Esher at Dillingham Park on Saturday.

A’s made a good start to the game as Elliot Clements-Hill touched down near the corner flag, but his attempted conversion slid past the posts.

Esher hit back with a penalty from Michael Wilson, but just four minutes later Ampthill extended their lead when Joseph Tarrant reached out to touch down on the goal line, with Clements-Hill adding the extras.

Straight from the kickoff Amps were back on the attack as Thomas James ran the length of the field to score an unconverted try by the left corner flag.

A’s controlled the rest of the half, with Clements-Hill converting a 34th minute penalty goal in front of the posts before the pick of tries saw Jonathan Morgan’s pace and strength carry him over by the corner flag for an unconverted try, leaving the score 20-8 at half-time.

The first 20 minutes of the second half took place almost entirely inside Esher’s 22 but, having failed to secure the bonus point that would have cemented third place in the National One table, it was inevitable that Amps would concede next.

On 66 minutes Esher broke out from defence and, using quick hands and feet, full-back Callum Monks touched down for an unconverted try, again wide on the left.

Both sides had opportunities in the remainder of the game but the scorers weren’t troubled further.

Ampthill head coach Paul Turner said: “I was pleased to achieve the double over a strong Esher side but disappointed on the day that we didn’t put them away.”