AMPTHILL made the journey to Scunthorpe on Saturday without nine first-team regulars but returned home to Dillingham Park 43-14 winners, as they kept the pressure on league leaders Sutton Coldfield ahead of the top-of-the-table showdown next month.
Two tries from both Kyle Palm and Phil Lane, added to scores from Paul Davies, Vili Ma’asi and Dan Lavery, with Davies kicking four of his seven conversion attempts, was enough to ease out a Scunthorpe side who were no match for the organisation and strength of Ampthill who made light of the absence of Elliot Clements-Hill, the league’s top scorer, and top try scorer Dean Adamson.
Bedford Athletic hosted a Newark side on a pitch that was firm and well suited to their preferred running style of backs play, and ran out 41-7 winners.
First-half tries from Stuart Polson, Ben Johnson, Stephen Woodhead and Luke Levitt ensured the four-try bonus point was guaranteed before the interval.
Athletic lead 29-0 at the break having dominated their guests for large periods of the game before adding two tries in the second period from Woodhead and Johnson.
Promotion-chasing Ath travel next week to in-form Market Raysen & Louth who are enjoying a six-game unbeaten run.
Bedford Swifts won 16-15 at Oundle in a bruising encounter that saw them start without seven of the team that won 55-10 so impressively last weekend, including player/coach Sam Richbell.
“It was always going be tough, “said club captain Craig Walker.
“Whoever won today was going to deserve it. We knew we just had to go up there and dig a result out.”
Lee Walker assumed the kicking duties for the Swifts and he was faultless, kicking the one conversion and three penalties awarded to Swifts. Josh Abraham-Steele got their only try.
“We all had our own jobs to do and we did them,” Walker said. “This wasn’t the best rugby that we’ve played this season, but we played how we had to play to get the result. The lads we brought in from the twos did us proud.”