Old Albanian hopeful of a better New Year after stirring performance against Ampthill

PUBLISHED: 11:49 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:59 28 December 2017

Jack Daly's late try helped Old Albanian to a draw with Ampthill. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Jack Daly's late try helped Old Albanian to a draw with Ampthill. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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A stirring performance in a 35-35 draw with high-flying Ampthill will give Old Albanian plenty to be hopeful for heading into the New Year.

As so often this season though OAs started slowly and James Pritchard opened the scoring with a simple penalty eight minutes in added to by a try from Peter Weightman another eight minutes later.

Tom Bednall opened the OA account with a penalty, Pritchard then crossed for the visitors before Nigel Baker touched down.

Bednall’s sharp drop goal left Albanian’s trailing 20-6 at the break.

The second-half was much better though. Nick Foster collected a cross-field kick for their first try before five minutes of mayhem saw five tries, three to Ampthill, Sean Refell and Sam Lunnon replying for Albanain.

A Bednall penalty put the hosts within seven and his conversion after Jack Daly’s try sent Woollams into bedlam.

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