Hicking on target in Ambergate away draw

Sam Hicking, Ambergate FC
Sam Hicking, Ambergate FC

Ambergate FC gained an away point at Newhall United Reserves on a rain-sodden pitch in Division Two of the Midlands Regional Alliance, extending their winless run to five games.

Ambergate started brightly and created the first opening in the first minute. Richard Clark sent a ball to Carl Harrison, who struck the ball over from 12 yards.

As the first half continued, Newhall looked more likely to score and deservedly took the lead on 18 minutes.

A cross from the right came down off the crossbar and, following a five-man melee, was tucked away by Newhall.

Ambergate looked to hit back straight away as Shaun Bestwick was denied by the Newhall ‘keeper.

The second half carried on with Newhall pressing but not creating many opportunities and their inability to find a second goal was punished by Ambergate. Shaun Bestwick’s smashed the crossbar, came off the goalkeeper’s head and was tapped in by Sam Hicking on the line.

The final chance of the game fell to Richard Clark who could not get on the end of a brilliant cross from Sam Hicking.

The whistle went on a match which turned out to be more of a midfield battle in the heavy conditions but could still yet prove to be a vital point.