Ampthill U15s beat Hemel in crucial promotion clash

Eugene Ekuban scored an excellent try to wrap up the win. Picture (c) Steve Everitt
Eugene Ekuban scored an excellent try to wrap up the win. Picture (c) Steve Everitt

Second placed Ampthill U15s took a big step towards promotion in the Herts & Middlesex league with a good win over third placed Hemel Hempstead by 17 points to 7.

Ampthill took the lead midway through the first half with their 100th try of the season as fly-half Liam Everitt crossed the whitewash with a good run through the Hemel defence following an excellent dummy run from centre Kyle McSwiggan.

Impressive work from the Ampthill forwards in the loose, and domination at most lineouts, saw them enjoy the majority of the possession and saw them go in at half-time with a 5-0 lead

The start of the second half saw Hemel looking to get onto the score sheet but being denied by some great tackling and good clearance kicks.

Amps extended their lead with a typically battling Soni Ma-Asi try after 18 minutes which was converted by Everitt.

Clearly buoyed by the score Ampthill began to threaten the Hemel try line regularly with attacking runs from full-back Tom Murray and winger Eugene Ekuban.

The match clinching try came with eight minutes left to play following a tackle busting run from Ekuban to the delight of his team-mates.

Ampthill now realised that a possible fourth try was on the cards which would secure a bonus point for the side.

This did not materialise, however, and Hemel hit back with a try of their own right at the death.

The Ampthill side now look forward to the Beds Cup final clash with Dunstable on Sunday in what should be an entertaining game at home in front of the clubhouse and with a large crowd.