Ampthill vs Blackheath – 1st Team

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Blackheath – 1st Team31


Date Time Competition Season
15th Oct 16 3:00 pm National League One 2016


Position MoM DoD T C P DG

Blackheath – 1st Team

Position MoM DoD T C P DG

Electric Club shock Amps

Six wins on the trot and, arguably, their best performance of the season to date.

Against an Ampthill side who started the day level on points with their visitors, and with the same record of five wins from six starts, Blackheath produced a display worthy of their captain’s 100th appearance in a Club jersey, particularly in the second half to overturn a two-point deficit and score four tries that wrapped up the contest by the 67th minute.

Indeed, had they made better use of their opportunities in the opening period, the victory might have been even more emphatic.

As it was, Ampthill were first to strike. Having repelled some early Blackheath pressure, the hosts found themselves with the put-in close to the Club’s twenty-two metre line and, with a good solid scrum, sent right-wing Pete Weightman across with a simple move down the blind-side, fly-half Stef Jones adding a fine conversion from out wide.

Twice the visitors failed to find touch from penalties, and a strike at goal was pushed wide, but on the half-hour Leo Fielding evaded tackles, some fine handling (including all members of the front-row) moved play across field and Jack Walsh weaved a line to off-load for Freddie Owen to cross for the Club’s first score.

Leo Fielding

Further pressure was resisted as Ampthill turned over possession in the maul, something the hosts were adept at doing throughout the afternoon, but as the game moved into its second phase, Blackheath’s better organisation and execution began to light up the afternoon like the autumn sunshine that graced Dillingham Park in this delightful corner of rural Bedfordshire.

Ampthill came within a whisker of extending their 7-5 lead within moments of the re-start, Fielding getting across to make a superb try-saving tackle on left-wing Sam Baker, and as turnover ball relieved further pressure, a penalty from a scrum gave Blackheath field position. Tom Baldwin rose to take ball from a smoothly functioning line-out and Walsh, excellent as ever at scrum-half, dummied through and under the uprights for the visitors to take the lead.

Despite a decent shove from the hosts, a further scrum produced the inside ball with which Markus Burcham pierced the opposition midfield to race 25-metres to score and celebrate his centenary in style, and although Jones responded with a penalty, Blackheath returned via a Fielding chip and chase to gain a penalty try as Ampthill collapsed the maul for a 26-10 lead.

Now a man short with a man in the sin-bin, Ampthill threw everything into a response, but as their attack broke down, and Blackheath regained possession, Chris Walker and Fielding broke away, the latter cutting inside for the Club’s fifth try, and although Baker replied with a converted try soon after, giving the Bedfordshire side hope of a losing bonus point, it was never enough to threaten the lead.

Next Saturday, Blackheath return to Well Hall for the visit of Cambridge. Kick-off is at 3.00 pm.


Tries: Weightman, Baker
Conv: Jones 2
Pens: Jones


Tries: Owen, Walsh, Burcham, Penalty try, Fielding
Conv: Cooke 3

Blackheath Team

15 Leo Fielding
14 Geoff Griffiths
13 Markus Burcham – Capt
12 Mark Cooke
11 Chris Knight
10 Simon Whatling
9 Jack Walsh

1 Aston Croall
2 Dan George
3 Terry Read
4 Gregor Gillanders
5 Devin Montgomery
6 Freddie Owen
7 Chris Walker
8 Tom Baldwin

16 Harry Fry
17 Reece Conlon
18 Anders Nilsson
19 Tom Chapman
20 Jake Lloyd

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