Ambergate turn in an impressive display to earn a 4-0 cup victory

Jody Waldron of Ambergate FC
Jody Waldron of Ambergate FC

MRA Division One side Ambergate FC put in a good controlled performance in the Challenge Cup second round to see off Newhall United Reserves 4-0 at Whitemooor.

Right from the first whistle, Ambergate looked up for the game and took the lead after just four minutes.

Good work on the left from Richard West teed up Tom Smith for a shot but he sent a defender the wrong way before squaring to his right hand side for Josh Squires to drill low and hard past the ‘keeper.

Ambergate had chances to double their lead in the first half hour but it was Newhall who started coming into the game shortly before half-time. Matt Magill and Jack Ferguson were on hand a couple of times to stop Newhall grabbing an equaliser.

The second half started the same as the first, as Ambergate scored an early goal. A long throw by Squires was met well by Jody Waldron and his header nestled into the bottom corner.

This goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Newhall as Ambergate took complete control.

Within minutes, Ambergate had their third. A quick throw from Josh Catterns found Squires and his pinpoint cross was met by Smith, who saw his diving header hit the back of the net.

More chances came and went but Ambergate did manage a fourth to put the seal on a fine performance.

Casey Bestwick and Richard West forced the Newhall defence into an error and West found substitute Richard Tomlinson, who beat one defender and tucked the ball away neatly from just inside the area.

Another positive on the day was the return of Ryan Walters, who made his first appearance for the club in almost two years following a serious knee injury.

Ambergate face league favourites Shardlow St James at Whitemoor on Saturday (3pm). The Reserves travel to Newhall United Reserves (3pm).