Ambergate mount a fine fightback to win

Ambergate FC Reserves came on top in a closely fought local derby after having to come back from two goals down at half-time in Division Two of the Midlands Regional Alliance.

Ambergate had a bare 11 players available for the fixture, which included manager Matt Butler.

As a result, first team manager Dave Kinder took control of the game as Butler concentrated on playing duties for the day.

Bargate were the better side from the start as Ambergate struggled to control the forward runs of Mickey Dunne and the long throws of James Poyser.

After ten minutes, Poyser ‘s throw-in was spilled on the line by ‘keeper Adam Bannister but the ball was cleared before going over the line.

However, Ambergate were again under pressure from a couple of throw-ins and after 15 minutes Bargate took the lead as Dunne directed the ball into the far corner with his head.

Within ten minutes Bargate had doubled their lead. This time Kieron Hill tapped in on the line.

As the second half got underway, it was Bargate who were the better side and should have sealed the game but Ambergate were thankful to Bannister who made crucial saves from Dunne, Poyser and Houseman.

Ambergate now pushed forward looking for a way back into the game and this finally came after the hour mark as Paul Robinson ran clear of the Bargate defence onto a long ball and drilled the ball passed Paul Bunting.

Ambergate’s tails were up and were now finally looking like a threat and were unlucky not to get a quick equaliser when Bunting made a top save from Jamie Milton from close range.

The equaliser did come with less than 20 minutes remaining as Robinson carried out some brilliant work in the right hand corner before squaring to Rob Gregory who saw his delicate chip nestle in the net.

Both sides pushed for the winner and Bannister was on hand again as he saved with his feet from the ever dangerous Dunne.

A winner came with ten minutes remaining and it was Ambergate who completed a remarkable turnaround as Robinson tricked and weaved his way into the box before firing passed Bunting.

Despite this, Bargate created one final chance in injury time which saw Bannister parry a Dunne free kick to Houseman six yards out but he reacted quickest to smother the shot and secure the three points.

Meanwhile, a scratch first team side travelled to Shardlow St James and suffered a humiliating 9-0 defeat. The club would like to thank Shaun Welch and Tom Carter who helped out at short notice in this game and it was Carter who was the stand out Ambergate player.

This weekend, the first team welcome Pastures to Whitemoor while the reserves travel to Melbourne Dynamo Reserves, both with 3pm kick offs.