Ambergate FC put in their poorest display of the season on Saturday, losing 3-0 as they suffered their second defeat against Shardlow St James within a week.
Shardlow snatched a close Midlands Regional Alliance Division Two game at Ambergate 3-2 the previous Saturday but this week was different as Shardlow dominated proceedings from the kick off.
The game got off to the worst possible start for Ambergate as Shardlow took the lead within the first minute.
A long ball forward was missed by Craig Tipton and Jody Waldron was flatfooted in reacting, leaving the Shardlow forward to take the ball around Adam Bannister and slot home.
The second goal came before the 15-minute mark. Possession was given away in the defensive third and Ambergate were punished for their error as a deflected shot looped into the top corner over Bannister. Shardlow effectively ended the game before the half-hour mark as they scored their third. More defensive misjudgment allowed the Shardlow forward to score a carbon copy of the first goal.
The second half was a more even affair but Shardlow looked the side most likely to score although it was Andy Stevenson who came closest as he saw his left-footed shot come back off the post.
Carl Harrison came on for the final 25 minutes and his effort and discipline in the face of the defeat cannot go unnoticed as he tried to rally the players and looked to play some decent football.
In the dying minutes, Andy Stevenson received a second yellow card and the club’s first red card of the season.
Ambergate’s match this Saturday is at home to another title challenger, in the shape of Mackworth St Francis Reserves.
Kick off at the Thomas Wiliam Recreation Ground in Heage is at 2.30pm.