The Gargoyles went toe to toe with top of the league in this encounter but spotted their opponents an average of a penalty every two minutes to naively squander a promising performance.

The first half saw Ampthill establish a commanding lead as Hackney's only response was to continually march back 10 yards after the referee's whistle with offside and breakdown offences the culprit. After going behind by 26 points, the Hack got a foot hold in the game via Andy Sprague cleaver kick in behind the defence which gave the cover no choice but to infringe to stop a turnover on Ampthill's 5 yard line. This warranted a yellow card, quite a surprise considering the penalty count up to this point. Against the 14 defenders the ball was eventually spread out wide and Rowbottom found Charlie Williams overlapping the defence to score a converted try.

The second half saw the sides a lot more evenly matched, despite another sequence of unforced offside infringements from the Gargoyles which handed the visitors the territory for a 5th try. Charlie O'Halloran backed up a exquisite chip and chase with a fine individual score breaking though from a ruck untouched. Barney Hampel almost backed up his two textbook turnovers with a score of his own after supporting a Dan Worth break to gather possession and round the full back, only to be cut down by the chasing winger yards from the line. Hackney didn't wait long however with Rhys Davies finishing a fine back line move to momentarily give the hosts hope to pull off an upset, before the Bedfordshire side squashed the suggestion with their 6th and final 5 pointer.