Ambergate return to top of the table

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Ambergate FC returned to the top of the Midlands Regional Alliance Division One after they dug deep to earn three points at Punjab United.

The match started easily enough for Ambergate as they controlled the game and, with Punjab providing no attacking threat, it seemed like it would be a comfortable day.

However, despite all the possession for most of the first thirty minutes, a goal was not forthcoming. Tom Aston and Richard West were causing problems on each wing and their build up play was either not being latched on to or put just wide.

The deadlock was broken just before the half hour mark. Richard West won possession back on the left side, beat a player and played a fantastic ball to Josh Squires in the area who rounded the on rushing ‘keeper and tucked the ball home from a tight angle.

Ambergate searched for a second and came close when Tom Aston beat the left back again and crossed but Ryan Walters brave diving header went inches wide.

It was Walters who did double the lead before half time though. Squires dribbled into the box and saw his shot blocked but the Punjab defence struggled to clear as Walters put them under pressure and pinched the ball before jinxing passed a couple a striking home.

The next goal in the game was going to be crucial and it was Punjab who pulled one back from the penalty spot. The Punjab left winger cut inside Matt Baker and was fouled but the referee played on as they were still in possession and as the ball entered the box Richard Briggs put in a challenge which the referee deemed unfair and awarded a penalty.

This raised the spirits of the Punjab players and Ambergate were now weathering a storm.

Despite this, it always looked like Ambergate would be most likely to get the next goal as on the break they looked dangerous. The last 15 minutes saw Ambergate digging deep and clearing their lines and the referee blew on a decent hard working three points.

The reserves beat Willington Sports 5-1 extending their unbeaten league run to three games. Goals from Paul Robinson, Darryl Mason, Dan Newton and two from Adam Bannister secured the three points.

This weekend the firsts travel to in-form Ripley Town and the Reserves are at home to Roe Farm, both 2.00pm kick offs.