Per­sis­tence pays off against Fylde

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By PHIL JOHN­SON

AMPTHILL even­tu­ally se­cured a bonus point win over strug­gling Fylde af­ter an at­tri­tional, scrappy sec­ond half re­sulted in a much-de­served vic­tory.

The home side dom­i­nated the early ex­changes and raced into a 14-point lead inside 20 min­utes when firstly Josh Sharp, with quick hands, then Chris West, broke through for tries.

Fylde strug­gled to dampen Ampthill’s at­tack­ing threat as the home side kicked to the cor­ners from Sharp’s boot with reg­u­lar ease. Alex Wool­ford drove over af­ter per­sis­tent Ampthill pres­sure to make the score 21-0 at half time.

From there on the dreary, au­tum­nal Bed­ford­shire weather seemed to im­pact on a patchy first 30 min­utes of the sec­ond half – Oli Parkin­son with a scrappy score in the cor­ner for Fylde the only notch on the scoreboard.

It took un­til the last ten min­utes for the game to reignite, Ampthill fi­nally find­ing the pen­e­tra­tion they had craved when Sam Hanks went over for the cov­eted fourth try.

And, de­spite a Greg Smith break­away try, Ampthill had the fi­nal say when James Pritchard ran through and dot­ted down in be­tween the posts to fin­ish it 35-12.

The win for Ampthill leaves them fifth in the Na­tional 1 ta­ble, with Fylde strug­gling at the bot­tom with just one win.

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