Match report supplied by Amptill RFC Ampthill 35 Esher 20, Sat Sep 15, 2018, National 1
16th September 2018
Ampthill Subdue Competitive Esher In Final Quarter
Ampthill welcomed Esher to Dillingham on a dry, sunny and warm afternoon with a moderate breeze with the pitch reflecting the dry summer.
Amps squad saw 7 changes from that which lost at Chinnor with wing Spencer Sutherland, signed from Esher during the summer, and fly half Michael Waters making their 1stXV debuts after strong performances for the 1881s.
A's went behind to a 3rd minute penalty goal kicked by the visitors fly half Owen Waters before Sutherland finished a fine, unconverted try wide on the left on 16 minutes having shown serious pace.
The home side extended their lead on 28 minutes with a snipe from close range by scrum half Euan McKirdy, the try also going unconverted.
However, the balance of play was now in favour of the visitors with lock Devin Montgomery scoring a try on 37 minutes converted by Waters to leave the scores tied 10-10 at oranges.
Ampthill were under pressure in the tight while Esher's driving maul was proving difficult to contain.
The 50th minutes saw Esher take the lead with a penalty goal from Waters but Amps responded with a trademark catch & drive try credited to Aleki Lutui on 54 minutes converted by full back Ciaran Whyte.
The visitors were now turning the screw up front with first open side Joseph Bercis (58 minutes) and then scrum half McKirdy (63 minutes) receiving yellow cards, the latter conceding a penalty try at the same time.
As sometimes happens this was the signal for A's to raise their game, Whyte scoring deserved penalty goals on 65 minutes and 70 minutes while still being outnumbered to retake the lead 21-20.
Restored to a full compliment the last 15 minutes saw the hosts score two fine backs tries through the supporting Bercis and centre Sam Hanks after a blind side break from replacement centre Mickey Wilson both converted by Wilson to leave the final score 35-20.
Esher provided stiff opposition for 60 minutes but the home side ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Ampthill head coach Paul Turner commented "After a tough week when we were hard on the players to get 5 points is very pleasing. On 60 minutes, losing 15-20 and down to 13 players, I felt we were staring down a barrel. However, it seemed to galvanise us and from then on we controlled possession, territory and eventually the game. All four back row players, Allman, Bercis, Molitika and replacement Blackmore were outstanding."
Tries:- Sutherland (16), McKirdy (28), Lutui (54), Bercis (75), Hanks (78)
Conversions:- Wilson (76, 79)
Penalty Goals:- Whyte (65, 70)
Tries:- Montgomery (36), Penalty (63)
Conversions:- Waters (37),
Penalty Goals:- Waters (10, 50)
Half Time:- Ampthill 10 Esher 10
Referee:- Calum Howard
Man of the Match:- Joe Bercis, Ampthill
Ampthill:- 1 Soane Tonga'uiha, 2 Aleki Lutui, 3 Matt Collins, 4 Paino Hehea, 5 Josh Walker, 6 Will Allman, 7 Joe Bercis, 8 Maama Molitika, 9 Euan McKirdy, 10 Mikey Waters, 11 Will Foster, 12 Sam Hanks, 13 Olly Morris, 14 Spencer Sutherland, 15 Ciaran Whyte, 16 Olly Walliker, 17 Karl Garside, 18 Syd Blackmore, 19 Gavin Williams, 20 Mickey Wilson
Esher:- 1 Ollie Mines, 2 Devlin Hope, 3 Cam Zeiss, 4 Graham Logan, 5 Devin Montgomery, 6 Cameron Gentles, 7 Charlie Gossington ©, 8 Izzy Moore-Aiono, 9 Jack Walsh, 10 Owen Waters, 11 Callum Monks, 12 Chris Arnold, 13 Dan Rowland, 14 Tom James, 15 Lloyd Davies, 16 Brad Clements, 17 Cam Leigh, 18 Harrison Collins, 19 Basil Strang, 20 James Brooks