Ampthill continue league recovery

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Ampthill Town’s league recovery continued on Saturday when they drew 2-2 at Leverstock Green in a see-saw encounter.

Town trailed by a single goal at the break but an impressive second half display saw them go ahead only for the hosts to grab a leveller.

Some spirited displays have put Ampthill level on points with the two teams above them and a more competitive squad has shown a new lease of life.

The game began promisingly when Sheldon Washington went on a good run and sent the ball into the goalmouth but nobody could get a vital touch.

The early exchanges were mainly played out in midfield but Charlie Cullen and Dan Butler showed some nice touches and the latter had a shot charged down.

Lee Haywood was missing from defence with a midweek injury but the defence looked solid until a ball caught them square and Nathan Jallow put the hosts ahead.

Town rallied with Anson the busier keeper although Town’s good approach work was not always matched by their finishing.

Ampthill took the game to Leverstock in the second half and their emphasis on attack paid off after 50 minutes when a chipped ball from midfield was headed home by Dan Butler.

Sheldon Washington increased the lead five minutes later when he burst though the midfield and raced away to beat the advancing Anson.

Town were in the ascendancy but might have made more of their superiority with Sinclair and Butler both going close.

Leverstock made a double substitution to their attack which Town handled until late in the game when the ball fell for Luke Ely-Warner to fire a 20 yard shot past McKechnie.

Ampthill still had the better of the play and Dan Butler missed a good chance in the dying seconds which meant Town had to be satisfied with a point.

It was a well earned point before they have two more away games, first to their Vase conquerors Tring Athletic on Saturday before a trip to Hertford on Tuesday,