National League One: Ampthill 35 Wharfedale 29

WANTING to mark Tom McGee's last match as head coach with another memorable performance following their win over second-placed Blackheath in his last home match, Wharfedale earned two valuable points at sixth-placed Ampthill.

It was an inspired display by the Green Machine, who worked tirelessly to achieve the result.

Both sides scored five tries, and the difference was only the excellent kicking of Eliot Clements-Hill, who landed five out of five conversions from the tee.

Ampthill opened the scoring with converted tries from George Eliot and Clements-Hill before Dale came back into the game with tries from Matt van Sertima and Matthew Beesley.

With Jamie Guy converting one, the score had closed to 14-12.

The home side finished the first half strongly, however, with two more converted tries from Kennett O'Neill and Maama Molitika to lead 28-12.

Dale were again fully committed in the second half, Ricardo Cano darting  over for Dale before Kevin Barrett nipped over for Ampthill.

The final 15 minutes nearly all belonged to Wharfedale.

A green tide poured relentlessly forward and were rewarded with two more tries - one from Rob Baldwin, which brought them a four-try bonus point, Guy converting, and one from George Hedgley, which brought the score within seven points for a second bonus point.

Dale sensed a historic win but were frustrated and could have lost a bonus point as the reliable Clements-Hill missed a penalty in the last minute.