Amps Dominate Sale Outscoring The Visitors 9 tries to 2
Sale arrived at Dillingham Park on a dry, sunny day with a moderate easterly breeze and the chance of isolated showers.
After going behind to an early try Ampthill dominated the game scoring 9 tries and leaving several more on the park.
From the kick off Sale retained the ball well showing good structure to move the ball deep into Amps territory. A sweeping move through the hands from left to right saw a fine unconverted try scored in the right corner on 5 minutes by centre Moorhouse.
A’s took the game away from the visitors with 5 tries before half time. Wing Sam Baker scored a brace with two good finishes (8 minutes, 16) from open play.
Scrum half Kevin Barrett sniped on 21 minutes from a red zone breakdown before
Sam Baker celebrated his hat trick on 25 minutes.
Centre Ollie Morris to completed the scoring for the half after he was was in support to receive the final pass in the 38th minute.
The second half was more of the same with the home side adding 4 more tries through fly half Josh Sharp (47, 75),
replacement hooker Syd Blackmore (51)
and replacement scrum half Euan McKirdy (73).
In between the 57th minute saw a fine try from Sale’s centre Dunn, converted by fly half Povey.
The hosts were in control in the tight and the loose while the defence held a concerted second half effort from the visitors whose heads never dropped.
Old Elthamians managed a bonus point win away at Bishop’s Stortford which forces the title fight to go down to the wire of the last round of fixtures. Ampthill need 1 point against Loughborough on April 27 to secure promotion to the Championship!
Head Coach Paul Turner comments “A pleasing performance, especially after the poor second half at Moseley the week before. We played some good football against a committed side but let a chance or two go begging. Our defence was good in the second half and both half backs had excellent games.”
Ampthill 57, Sale FC 12
Match Store: 20190413 Amp 1st vs Sale FC