Ampthill withstood a late Caldy comeback to secure a 31-26 win over the Wirral side, in Championship Cup Group C action at The Onley Field.

Ampthill hit first in the third minute courtesy of a try from Joe Sproston after some early pressure. Tom Hardwick pulled his conversion kick wide.

Ampthill then doubled their lead in the sixth minute through Alex Harmes.

An interception gave him an easy route to a try, with Hardwick converting to put Ampthill 12-0 up early.

Twelve minutes in, Ampthill scored again through Syd Blackmore. The resulting conversion kick was missed, leaving the score 17-0.

Just two minutes later Lewis Finlay scored under the posts to continue the rout to give Ampthill a 24-0 lead.

Caldy showed signs of life as they capitalised on a mistake to score a try of their own through Barker in the 18th minute, with the conversion from Jones making it 24-7.

But the resurgence was short-lived as Ollie Hartley went on a mazy run, before Josh Hallett ran it in for a try in the 19th minute. Extra points were then kicked by Hardwick to make it 31-7.

Michael Cartmill scored Caldy’s second try to reduce the deficit in the 29th minute, followed by a missed conversion, leaving it 31-12 at half time.

In the second half, both sides threatened. However, it was Caldy making good on their threat, scoring a penalty try in the 59th minute.

Caldy scored again in the depths of added time with Cartmill grabbing his second of the day.

The kick was converted, making the final score 31-26.

It was a big win for Ampthill which sees them push five points clear in the play-off race.

Meanwhile, Caldy’s extra point moves the Wirral side off bottom and above Richmond in Group C.