Free-scoring Ampthill hit half century again in huge win

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Longton 17 Ampthill 51

Clinical Ampthill claimed a 51-17 victory over Longton at Stoke in National League Three Midlands on Saturday.

Head coach Paul Turner said: “Longton is never an easy place to come to and if you’d offered me this result before the game I’d of bitten your hand off. Perhaps the score flattered us a touch but we were clinical in our finishing, it was pleasing to see some of the hard work we’ve put in on the training ground rewarded.”

In perfect conditions for running rugby Amps named 19-year-old lock Haydn Edwins on the bench for the first time. A’s came out of the blocks firing and opened the scoring through centre Paul Davies, converted by full-back Elliot Clements-Hill who also struck a seventh-minute penalty.

Longton replied on 19 minutes when their fly-half made a fine individual break and their big outside centre in support powered over and converted.

Amps stepped up a gear and, after a try-saving tackle by Longton’s inside centre resulted in a lengthy interruption for treatment, sustained pressure saw Clements-Hill kick a penalty on the half hour after hands in the ruck.

Longton were unable to convert possession into territory and a quick A’s counter saw the ball move wide where Dean Adamson and Clements-Hill combined to create space for the latter to score and convert on 36 minutes.

A series of goal-line stands kept Longton out before they moved the ball wide for their wing to crash over for an unconverted try in injury time.

A’s weren’t done though and, after winning an untidy lineout, scrum-half Thomas Warfield darted through a gap for an unconverted try as the visitors led 25-12 at half time.

Uncompromising A’s defence kept the home side out at the start of the second half before a catch-and-drive move saw hooker Vili Ma’Asi driven 20 metres to touch down eight minutes in with Clements-Hill adding the extras.

A series of Longton pick and goes were repelled and from turnover ball Amps released their backs and quick inter-passing saw Davies score his second try, well converted by Clements-Hill from the touchline on the hour.

A knock-one from the restart handed Longton an attacking scrum and, after Longton’s openside flanker had broken the line his blindside partner was able to touch down for a unconverted try.

The visitors produced the final flourish with an outstanding individual effort from wing Adamson who stepped and danced his way from outside his own 22 to score under the posts on 72 minutes, Clements-Hill converting.

A length-of-the-field move was eventually moved wide to Clements-Hill to score with a minutes to go and, although he could add the conversion, it still took his personal point tally to 26.

This weekend A’s host Scunthorpe.