Swans Match Report
Saturday 3rd March 2012
National League 3 London & SE
"Sproston to strong for Swans"
Ampthill No 8 Joe Sproston was the big difference in a game that was a very competitive contest of rugby, up until just before half time. With Chris Wells leveling the scores to 3-3 on the 36th minute, The Swans were looking the most likely team to score the first try.
It was then, just as the Home team contrived to build another attacking platform the impressive Sproston picked up the loose ball. After breaking the tackle line, he raced into the corner to score. This was much to delight of the travelling supporters and to groans from the home fans.
Ampthill No8 Joe Sproston attacking, Chris West preparing to tackle.
Still in shock, the Swans let Ampthill center Jon Raven in to score after some clever play off the set piece line out. Chris Anderson adding the extras to take the score to 3-15, in favour of the visitors.
With Staines making the changes at half time up front Greg Knights team came out with a new sense of purpose, in a game that was still within reach.
The home side wasted no time in trying to impose them selves on the game. Swans wing Jon Webber using his explosive pace running in to score, beating the encroaching defensive line and touching down behind the post. Chris Wells conversion taking the score to 10-15, with only 2 minutes of the half elapsed.
Jon Webber scoring for the Swans.
Ampthill Responded instantly, sending the ball wide to Give wing Kyle Palm a gifted scoring chance in the corner.
Under pressure defending their line to a man referee David Stephens deemed Swans No 8 Chris West had encroached too much and produced his first yellow card of the day. Now down to 14 players Staines defended superbly on their goal line to deny the away team the initial advantage. With Dan Walsh and John Kinnell holding up the Ampthill attack to deny the try.
Ampthill were now pressing for the bonus try and urged on by a very passionate and demanding coaching team. It was back row Matt Burke who carved his way through to score under the post. Anderson adding the extra 2 points, to heap more pressure on the home side.
Trailing by 19 points, Staines worked hard to go forward. With the impressive fly half Sean Flynn asking question with the ball in hand tormenting the Ampthill defence.
Now looking to push for that all important next score, Swans Capt Tom Cleary dynamically won a ball on the opposition throw, to set up a good attacking platform for the home side center Chris Bishay to launch another raid into the Ampthill 22 meter zone.
Frustrations boiled over for the away team, when referee Stephens had no hesitation in showing the yellow card to Ampthill center Paul Davis in the midfield for "player interference of the ball".
The Swans could not gain the advantage that they so heartily worked for.
Ampthill finished of the game with another well worked try from the impressive Sproston late on, from a ferocious pick and drive that Staines eventually ran out of answers for.
This was a good game of rugby for all those watching. Unfortunately not the result the 60 former players, who had a good lunch before the game had hoped for.
Staines Swans 10 (3)
Tries: J Webber
Conversions: C Wells
Penalties: C Wells
Ampthill 36 (15)
Tries: ; J Sproston 2, K Palm, M Burke, J Raven
Conversions: C Anderson 4
Penalties: C Anderson
STAINES SWANS were:
J Cornish, L Pruce, C Bishay, C Wells, J Webber, S Flynn, J Robinson, A Regan, T Jones, L Shanahan, M Newman, T Cleary (capt), J Kinnell, M Cornell, Gus Jones, C West, D Walsh, K Boyd.
Referee: Mr David Stephens
Next Saturday the Swans travel to Bracknell for a must win game for both teams.