Dutch courage earns Woodford win

Ampthill 18 Woodford 19

Cameron Dutch’s late try earned below-strength Woodford under-17s a narrow victory in Bedfordshire on Sunday.

The visitors made the trip without four first-team regulars and fell behind on 15 minutes, following a good passing move on the right flank.

After Woodford prop Ian Bukenya had a try disallowed, the visitors fell further behind as Ampthill ran in a converted try, then scored a penalty.

Woodford skipper Dutch got his side back in the game shortly before the interval, with a creative individual try.

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The home side got the first score of the second period, with a successful penalty extending their lead to 18-5.

But Woodford showed immense team spirit to bounce back. Winger Chesley Fagan began the revival, finishing under the posts after riding two challenges. Albie Phillips added the extras.

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With 10 minutes remaining, Dutch jinked his way through a tired defence and scored his second of the match under the posts.

That set up a simple conversion from Phillips to edge Woodford in front for the first time and some determined late defending ensured the hard-fought win.

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