Ambergate still looking for first point of the season

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Ambergate FC suffered their second narrow defeat of the MRA Division One season at Pastures, as they search for their first point of the campaign.

A battling Pastures side played to their strengths, which mainly came from setplays.

This is where the opening goal of the game came from as a free kick from the left was swung into Ambergate’s front post and a scramble in the six-yard box was ended when the ball was poked into the net.

Ambergate rallied and looked the more threatening side in the last 20 minutes of the first half. The first real chance came when Adi Knight broke the offside trap and was through on goal, but the ball bounced a couple of times before Knight struck and a defender managed to get back just in time to clear the danger.

The equaliser did come as the offside trap was broken again. A through ball from Darren Boot was latched onto by Casey Bestwick, who rounded the goalkeeper. The second half started well for Ambergate as they won a penalty. Craig Tipton stepped up and dispatched the penalty to put Ambergate in front.

Ambergate went on to create chances to increase their lead with Bestwick and Tipton missing the best of the lot.

These were eventually punished as Pastures levelled with 20 minutes left. Five minutes later, Pastures had turned the game around and restored their lead with a carbon copy of their second goal.

Ambergate pushed for another goal and thought they had claimed a well deserved draw when Craig Tipton stooped low to head in a Shaun Bestwick free kick but this was ruled out for offside.

There was another defeat for the club on the same day as Ambergate Reserves lost their opening league game 4-0 at Matlock Town Academy.

The first team face a local derby against Bargate Rovers on Saturday, which is a 3pm kick off at the new pitch, Whitemoor Recreational Ground.

The reserves have a free weekend.