Ambergate travelled to top of the league Rowsley Reserves just two weeks after they were demolished 7-1 at home by Rowsley but came away this time with a well-deserved battling 3-2 victory.
The day started badly for Ambergate as Sam Hicking and Richard West were ruled out of the game.
The game also started badly as Rowsley took the lead after ten minutes. This forced Ambergate into action and, for the remainder of the half, they looked the better side.
The reward for the good play came on 23 minutes when a Josh Squires long throw to the front post found Ryan Walters, who turned and struck left-footed for the equaliser.
A number of other chances fell to Walters again and early substitute Chris Dring, who was causing problems right from his introduction.
The second half carried on with Ambergate looking the more threatening side. Josh Catterns and Tom Aston were causing problems on either wing and it was a Catterns shot on the hour mark which looped into the air on the Rowsley penalty spot which allowed Richard Briggs to acrobatically volley into the net.
Two minutes later, Ambergate doubled their lead. A free kick was awarded just inside the Ambergate half and Craig Tipton tried his luck with a shot and it flew over the stranded ‘keeper.
Rowsley threw men forward to get a goal but the Ambergate defence was holding out well.
However, with little over ten minutes left Rowsley were awarded a penalty as a shot was well saved by Waite but the ball bounced onto Tipton’s hand.
The penalty was put away and this made for a tense finale.
Long balls into the box were being cleared constantly by the Ambergate defence and the final whistle went on probably Ambergate’s best performance of the season so far.
There was a different story for Ambergate Reserves as they lost 6-3 at Pastures Reserves in the DCFA Junior Cup.
Tom Marples, Chris Stevenson and Sam Pearson got the Ambergate goals.