• Mike Gahagan

Town share six goals.

Ampthill Town 3: Amersham Town 3.

Was this one point gained or two points lost? With the wind behind them Amersham were leading by three goals at the break but then conceded three in the second half.

Amersham went ahead after only six minutes. Tom Littleboy put through a fine ball to Reon Thomas but Ampthill keeper, Devon Phelan, saved well at the expense of a corner. The resulting cross was not cleared and Seldyn Grant knocked the ball home. They increased their lead four minutes later. From a Littleboy free kick on the right centre back Kyle Clifford glanced the ball into the far corner of the net with a header worthy of any forward.

With three minutes to the break Amersham went further ahead when another through ball from Littleboy found Thomas clear thirty yards out. He ran in on goal, pursued by three defenders, to slip his shot past Phelan.

As was to be expected Ampthill came out strongly after the break. Amersham were not helped during the half by losing Mike Hagan and Kyle Clifford, two key players, to injury. After numerous Ampthill corners the home team finally bundled one home after fifteen minutes. They continued to press hard and scored a second six minutes later. The ball was moved wide the left and Amersham failed to clear the resulting low cross enabling Danny Butler to strike home.

Although under severe pressure Amersham still mounted some dangerous counter attacks. On eighty three minutes Alec Wallace was put through on the right and only a fine save from Phelan, deflecting at full stretch the ball just wide of the post, prevented Amersham increasing their lead. The final goal, however, arrived in controversial circumstances with six minutes left to play. On the right the Ampthill winger hit an intended cross which hit Paolo Deritis, close marking the winger, on the foot and then hand, After a prolonged consultation with his assistant the referee awarded a penalty which Ash Mead despatched with ease.

After the game there was depression the Amersham changing room at the failure to clinch the victory. They can console themselves, however, with the thought that they have taken four points from the two recent away games. Next Saturday they are at home to London Lions, kick off 3.00pm.

Amersham Town.Taylor, Aldridge, Deritis, Hagan, Clifford, Symons, Grant, Littleboy, Thomas, Al-Murtada, Wallace. Subs: Andrews, Beaumont, Devall, Bone, Spence.

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