Sat 17 Feb 2018, 14:15

Ampthill & District RFC

30 - 14

(HT 25-6)

Caldy RFC

Caldy’s trip to the Bedford-based Ampthill ended in a 30-14 defeat at the hands of the experienced
national one high-flyers

The Caldy players will consider themselves unfortunate not to take any points home after a fairly
even contest ran away from them late in the first half, leaving too much of an uphill battle in the
second.

Caldy’s response to a very early lapse in concentration was catalysed through Jack Parker’s
acceleration and agile break. The Caldy prop beating four players on his charge from his own half,
finishing deep into opposition territory where a penalty was subsequently won.
Ben Jones had no problems reducing the deficit to four points after the early try from Ampthill
hooker James Fish.

While Caldy front row Salisbury, Hearn and Parker spearheaded Caldy’s usual dominance in the
scrum, it was the trademark Ampthill catch and drive from the lineout which hurt Caldy in the 22 nd
minute.

The build-up had seen Caldy defend and turnover such situations adding to the frustration of
conceding the Syd Blackmore try.

Caldy then enjoyed some territory and the influential Ben Jones made the score 17-6 with four
minutes remaining of the half, only for Caldy to fall a victim to impressive individual play from
Ampthill’s Pritchard. A pinpoint chip and a fortunate bounce putting the home side 25-6 up at
halftime.

Both sides found it difficult to break each other’s solid defences down in the second half, and until
the 78 th minute, the only points went to Caldy’s Ben Jones for converting another penalty.
Nick Royle finished off a well-executed handling move after the Caldy pack battled in their fight for
yards to score his 14 th try this season.

At 25-14, a losing bonus point was in reach but it was all too late for Caldy and a late conceded try
ensured a bonus point victory for Ampthill.

Caldy certainly could have had more from this game and their disappointment is testament to their
progression.

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