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20190427 Loughborough Students vs Ampthill 1st XV

Match Report

Loughborough Students 20 – 52 1st XV, National One

In what turned out to be the biggest day in Ampthill RUFC’s history, our Champions elect finished the season in fine style with a 52 v 20 win on the road at Loughborough University.

The A’s started well, controlling territory and possession despite playing into a very strong wind. Maama Molitika started the scoring after multiple phases he crashed over to the left of the posts converted by A’s and Blues legend James Pritchard playing in his final game of senior rugby. James Pritchard you have been a star and best of luck in the next stage of your life and your return to Australia.

Maama Molitika opens the scoring for Ampthill
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The Students responded with a try of their own after 20 mins to leave the scores at 5 v 7.

The front row decided to take control of the game with a strong carry from Matt Collins to crash over and again converted by James Pritchard.

Matt Collins crosses the whitewash for Ampthill’s second try
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The A’s were awarded a penalty that was kicked to the corner and Aleki Lutui assisting Sam Hudson another score from the stock catch and drive this time converted by Josh Sharp as Pritchard was off having running repairs. Aleki Lutui has bagged 15 try’s this season which shows how effective the Maroon and Gold driving line-out has become.

Aleki Lutui provding the extra drive to get Sam Hudson over the line for Ampthill’s third try of the first half!
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Perhaps the try of the game and the score that took the A’s to the Green King IPA Championship started with replacement full back Mike Waters probing the right hand side of the Students defence. The ball was recycled through four sets of hands to put Joe Bercis in on the left hand corner and the celebrations could begin. Sharp missing the conversion and the scores stood at 5 v 26 at oranges.

Joe Bercis sneaks over the line just before half time to seal the deal for Ampthill’s promotion
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The game to all intents and purposes was over as a contest but both sides exchanged try’s with the Students scoring three further try’s and Ampthill scoring four.

1st try of the second half from Sam Hudson and number 5 for Ampthill
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Will Allman crosses the line easily for Ampthill’s 6th try
(Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

Sam Baker lands just by the post for Ampthill’s seventh try of the match
(Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

Sam Baker holding the ball as the Maul drives over the line giving Ampthill their eight try of the match
(Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

Leaving the final scores at Loughborough 20 v 52 Ampthill and confirmation that the mighty A’s are National 1 Champions and we are heading to the Green King IPA Championship for the first time in our history.

Ampthill celebrate the end result of winning the league
(Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

Final Score

Loughborough 22, Ampthill 52

I would like to thank Paul Turner and his coaching team for a truly fantastic effort in winning National 1 for the first time in our history.
Team Manager Ian Bremner and Head of Medical Michael Dwyer for all there help and assistance behind the scenes which without the unseen work we wouldn’t have won the league.
Thank you to all our supporters who have stuck with us through good and not so good times and especially those who made the Loughborough game feel like we were at Dillingham Park.
Last but not least the outstanding efforts from our first team squad who have not only won National 1 but with the 1881s winning Zoo 1 as well it’s yet another historic result and the first time we have done this in our history.
As the curtain comes down on the season our four senior teams have all won their respective divisions and once more I find myself wondering how we can ever better that, but I have thought that for the last five seasons so I’m sure we will find a way.
Hope to see you all at the Club Dinner Dance when we can celebrate what has been the best season in the Ampthill and District Rugby Clubs History.
— Mark Lavery, Director of Rugby (Ampthill)

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20190413 Ampthill 1st XV vs Sale FC

Match Report

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.

Sam Baker opens the scoreline for Ampthill
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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.

Sam Baker  scores again for Ampthill (Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

Sam Baker scores again for Ampthill
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Scrum half Kevin Barrett sniped on 21 minutes from a red zone breakdown before

Kevin Barrett crosses the whitewash to add to Ampthills scoreline
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Sam Baker celebrated his hat trick on 25 minutes.

Sam Baker literally flying to provide Ampthill with even more points!
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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.

Ollie Morris  crosses the line for Ampthill right by the flag (Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

Ollie Morris crosses the line for Ampthill right by the flag
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Full back James Pritchard, playing the penultimate game of his illustrious 19 year career, converted all Sam Baker’s tries leaving the score 31-5 at oranges.

James Pritchard once again squares up to the posts for additions
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The second half was more of the same with the home side adding 4 more tries through fly half Josh Sharp (47, 75),

Josh Sharp slipping through the defences and heading for the line....
(Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

replacement hooker Syd Blackmore (51)

Syd Blackmore crosses the line in style despite a passenger
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Josh Sharp with his second try of the match
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and replacement scrum half Euan McKirdy (73).

Euan McKirdy crossing the line for Ampthill
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James Pritchard adding the extras for all but Syd Blackmore’s.

James Pritchard with the Coaching Team at his last home match prior to retirement
(Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

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.

Ampthill welcomed previous players who showed their support at the bar!
(Photo: Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography)

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!

Paul Turner, post match
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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.

Final Score

Ampthill 57, Sale FC 12

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.
— Paul Turner, Ampthill Head Coach

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