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Amersham Town 0 - 5 Ampthill Town

 

This was, unfortunately, a fairly typical Amersham performance in that they have some good players who play some good football but they singularly fail to test the opposing goalkeeper. Part of the credit for that on this occasion, however, must go to a strong Ampthill defence

 

Against third in the table Ampthill, Amersham held their own for the first thirty minutes. Keeper Oliver Keil was tested by a long cross from the left which he did well to catch. At the other end Jordan Toomey broke through to the goal line and hit an enticing ball along the six yard box but there was no Amersham player on hand to take advantage. Ampthill then took the lead in the thirty second minute. Keil managed to punch out another long high ball from the left but it was returned immediately into the goalmouth where Dan Butler was on hand to knock it home. Just before half time disaster struck. A free kick from the right eluded all the attackers but the unsighted Paolo Deritis deflected the ball just inside the post for an own goal.

 

Twelve minutes into the second half Ampthill scored a third to make the game safe. It is an immutable law that Amersham must concede from a corner and they did so again as Jamie Cerminara was left unmarked to shoot home. The fourth goal arrived three minutes later. An Ampthill forward beat Keil to the ball wide on the right and crossed for his onrushing colleague who was brought down by a defender. Cerminara spot kick gave Keil no chance.

 

To their great credit the young Amersham team continued to play their football but fell further behind with ten minutes to play. A long ball bisected the defence and Lawrence Burton was on hand to slip the ball past the advancing Keil.

Amersham Town: Keil, Fowler, Gibson, Line, Symons, Deritis, Hounter, Coleman, Toomey, Holland, Ayres.
Subs: Kerley, A Hall, Clifford, Swaby, Perman.