It’s all square for Rovers and Ambergate in derby

Bargate Rovers v Ambergate. Ambergate number 2
Bargate Rovers v Ambergate. Ambergate number 2

A crowd of around 80 people were present to witness Ambergate gain a hard-earned scrappy point in a 1-1 draw against a much improved Bargate Rovers Reserves side.

Ambergate had beaten Bargate 9-2 and 7-0 earlier in the season but this was a different story with Bargate now under the management of Matt Butler and having a number of changes to their side.

Ambergate started the the brighter side but Bargate were hustling them into relinquishing possession at every opportunity. Half chances came and went before Bargate struck the first goal of the game.

A corner from the right hand side was met by Bargate defender Fraser Kirk, whose glancing header went into the top corner.

This put the spring into their step as Ambergate struggled to get forward and the lead could have been doubled not long after.

Ambergate’s Carl Harrison chased Tom Lewis back and looked to have tripped him in the area but the referee waved away the penalty claims, much to the dismay of the home support.

Just before the half hour, Ambergate got an equaliser. A long throw was not dealt with and Sam Hicking was on hand to tap it into an empty net.

As half-time approached, Bargate almost took the lead again. A cross was cleared to Tom Lewis on the edge of the area but he saw his half volley well saved by Adam Bannister.

In the second half, the game descended into a midfield battle where both sides struggled to keep hold of the ball.

Bargate’s best chance came from a corner which caused mayhem in the area as Rob Gregory and Nick Brewer tried to force the ball over the line but were kept out somehow by Bannister and Harrison.

Ambergate felt they should have had a late penalty but full time came and both sides felt like they could have pinched the three points.

The draw was probably the fair result in the end and now means Ambergate’s winless streak is up to four games.