Stags at bay in a narrow defeat
Midlands League 3 Huntingdon Stags 15 Ampthill 22 IT was three tries apiece at Hinchingbrooke but Stags went down to a narrow defeat as Ampthill kicked their way to victory. The main difference between the sides lay in the marginal lines of the match wher
Midlands League 3
Huntingdon Stags 15 Ampthill 22
IT was three tries apiece at Hinchingbrooke but Stags went down to a narrow defeat as Ampthill kicked their way to victory.
The main difference between the sides lay in the marginal lines of the match where Stags just did not have the rub of the green.
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An early injury to Ben Strangeways - hit by a late tackle - overshadowed the game to some extent, although Stags began brightly.
Devon Brown crossed the line to give the home side the lead as Stags bossed the opening 15 minutes but the visitors wrested control of the game with two tries and a penalty midway through the half.
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Second row forward Michael Webb scored a fine interception try to close the deficit, leaving the scoreline 15-10 to Ampthill at the interval.
The visitors continued to apply pressure in the second period, conceding a converted try and Stags were fortunate to see their visitors fail to score in a three-on-one situation.
The home side gained control of the set scrum as they dominated the final quarter of the game but scored only a single try as a result - Stags not quite stretching the visiting defence enough to earn more points.
The home side conceded too many turnovers, allowing Ampthill to escape from threatening situations time and time again, leaving coach Damian Whales frustrated.
Next weekend Huntingdon make the long trip to Banbury, who lost 37-17 to Wellingborough on Saturday.