Bedford Athletic were victors by 61 points to 33 in a forgettable Bedfordshire Cup Quarter Final. Scoring nine tries to their visitors five, the scoreline was never close and the match was wrapped up at half time by which stage Bedford Athletic led 47-19.
Bedford Athletic dominated the early stages both in the tight where debutant loose head Tom Prowse gave a man of the match performance in the scrum and in the loose where backs and forwards combined to put and keep the home side on the front foot. This led to three early tries, two of which were touched down by Harry Sawford-Smith and one by Joel Davies giving Bedford Athletic a 21-0 lead. Ampthill responded with a loose kick from the half way line leading to a 5 metre scrum and subsequent score and a length of the field return of a restart kick following a poor Bedford Athletic chase. This narrowed the score to 21-14 and it took the speed of Luke Denham to restore the two try advantage. Ampthill responded again, profiting from several home penalties to establish position in the 22 and score their third try making the score 26-19 on the half hour mark. Bedford Athletic pulled away though with another dominant period in the ten minutes before half time leading to further tries for Stephen Woodhead, taking him past the 900 point mark for the club, a second for Denham and a penalty try following a trip on Sawford-Smith. Leo Mortimer kicked five conversions to contribute to the 47-19 half time lead.
The second half will not live long in the memory. An error strewn forty minutes with very few phases strung together, a lot of whistle from the referee and by and large little possession for the home side was book ended by tries for Sawford-Smith and Denham, completing their hat tricks and both as a result of pacy counter attacks from deep, either side of two Ampthill tries leaving the second half all square. With very little possession Bedford Athletic did show resilience in defence to deny Ampthill more than the two second half scores. Leo Mortimer kicked a two further conversions for 14 points in total in the game.
Bedford Athletic now qualify for the semi final where they will host Leighton Buzzard most likely once the league season has finished toward the end of March.