Much-improved performance for Old Albanian softens disappointment of Ampthill defeat

PUBLISHED: 07:30 15 September 2017

Dan Watt in action for the Old Albanians. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Dan Watt in action for the Old Albanians. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Old Albanian supporters wanted a performance from their side after the traumatic events of the previous Saturday so they will not be too disappointed with this close 28-24 loss against ambitious Ampthill.

They scored three tries to the hosts’ four, something that made head coach Gavin Hogg a much happier man than he was seven days earlier.

OAs shocked Ampthill by taking a 14-0 lead after five minutes through Danny Hartwell and Reuben Bird-Tulloch, both converted by Dan Watt.

They were still ahead at half-time, 14-7, but Ampthill started forcefully and had another two converted tries to their name by 60 minutes.

Watt’s penalty reduced the OA deficit before Ampthill’s fourth and final try.

But Oliver Morris had the last word, again converted by Watt, bringing a deserved losing bonus point.

League leaders Coventry will supply the next test for Hogg’s improving side on Saturday.

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