Lions maul Amps to roar away with win

Leicester Lions v Ampthill PNL-141222-103758002
Leicester Lions v Ampthill PNL-141222-103758002

Ampthill suffered a second defeat in their National Two North campaign at Leicester Lions on Saturday.

After a competitive first half Ampthill had a poor second half when the hosts turned the screw, winning 30-19.

A’s squad saw one change in the pack, four in the backs and three on the bench giving the side an unfamiliar look.

The visitors began well when right wing Lee Anker scored a fine converted try.

However, there were ominous signs the Leicester tight five had the advantage at the scrummage and this proved to be crucial as, apart from 20 minutes around half time, Ampthill’s scrum went backwards.

Lions replied with a converted try on 13 minutes. At this stage the game was even and offered a contrast in styles with A’s moving the ball through the backs while hosts kept it tight.

On 25 minutes the visitors retook the lead with an unconverted try from loose head prop Joseph Sproston who crashed over from short range after a lineout.

The hosts replied with two penalty goals putting them ahead 13-12 at oranges.

Having kept the score close playing against the wind while not taking opportunities Ampthill would have looked forward to the second half. Unfortunately two things happened - firstly the wind gradually dropped and secondly, an attack of ‘give the-game-away-itis’ struck with Amps conceding 13 unforced turnovers.

Leicester took advantage of being gifted possession scoring converted tries through their left wing and their outstanding blind side flanker.

Anker scored his second solo try on 66 minutes, breaking a tackle in midfield and stepping the cover, converted by Tarrant. Lions scored a late penalty.

Amps return at home to Sedgley Park on January 3.