Ambergate let 3-1 lead slip in Rolls-Royce defeat

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Ambergate FC blew a comfortable 3-1 half-time lead at Derby Rolls-Royce Reserves as they conceded a fourth goal in the dying minutes of their Midlands Regional Alliance Division One game on Saturday.

The game started extremely well for Ambergate as Josh Catterns and Paul Robinson were causing Rolls-Royce problems every time they went forward.

However, against the run of play it was Rolls-Royce that took the lead.

Ambergate’s response was good and they quickly turned the game around with two quick goals.

Firstly, a Josh Catterns corner caused a scramble at the near post and Ryan Walters knocked the ball in from close range.

Two minutes later, Walters gave Ambergate the lead as he drilled a free kick from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.

Ambergate’s tails were up and they looked to get more goals. A third goal came after good work between Walters, Aston and Robinson ended with a Walters’ back heel falling into the path of Robinson to fire home.

Despite the dominance, Ambergate were thankful to Netwon on the stroke of half-time when he pulled off a fantastic save as the ball looked to be heading into the top corner.

Rolls-Royce started the second half the better side but Ambergate were always dangerous going forward with chances going close from Walter and Richard Tomlinson.

Rolls-Royce got themselves back into the game with half an hour left as they picked up the ball on the edge of the area and drilled the ball into the top corner giving Newton no chance.

With just over ten minutes left Rolls-Royce were awarded a penalty as Matt Baker upended a forward just inside the corner of the box. This was coolly placed low into the net.

With ten minutes remaining, Matt Magill received a second yellow card for a challenge on the Rolls-Royce winger.

Ambergate were now under the cosh, trying to save a point but a long ball forward was poorly defended and the Rolls-Royce forward turned and saw his deflected shot trickle inside the post for the winner.

This was a disappointing end following a confident opening hour but naivety cost the club in the end.

However, Ambergate Reserves extended their unbeaten league run to six games as they drew 1-1 against Sandiacre Town Reserves in Division Two.

Shane Linthwaite put Ambergate in front before Sandiacre responded.

This Saturday the first team are at home (Whitemoor) to Derby Singh Brothers and the reserves are at home (Heage) to Roe Farm, both with 3pm kick offs.