Tipton nets a hat-trick as Ambergate end in style

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Ambergate put in a decent team performance on the final day of the Midlands Regional Alliance Division Two season to take all three points at St Peter’s Park.

Ambergate looked the better side in the early stages with Richard West causing a number of problems on the left.

The deadlock was broken after 18 minutes. Good work in the corner by Andy Stevenson allowed him to lay the ball back to Shaun Bestwick, whose first-time cross was headed in at the front post by Craig Tipton.

The lead could have been doubled shortly after. Richard West beat two defenders but he chose to square the ball into the box instead of shooting and the ball was cleared by the opposition.

Little Eaton came out in the second half looking to get an equaliser.

In the first few minutes, Ambergate had to thank Adam Bannister for them still being in front as he made a top drawer save by tipping a fierce strike from ten yards on to the crossbar.

Following this, Ambergate were then unlucky not to have doubled the lead on a couple of occasions as both West and Bestwick saw their strikes come crashing backoff the crossbar.

The lead was eventually doubled following a mix-up in the Little Eaton defence.

Stevenson put the right back under pressure as he looked to lay the ball back to his ‘keeper but Tipton had already anticipated the pass and intercepted before neatly slipping the ball passed the ‘keeper at his near post.

Within a few minutes, Tipton sealed his hat-trick. A long clearance bounced on the edge of the Little Eaton area and, as the defence struggled to deal with the bounce, Tipton managed to head the ball over the stranded ‘keeper and into the empty net.

Ambergate now travel to face Holbrook Sports tonight in the semi-final of the Belper Nursing Cup (7.30pm kick off).