Ampthill denied as Tigers battle back for a point

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Ampthill Town ended their away programme with a 1-1 draw at London Tigers on Saturday but will look back on the trip as two points dropped after they had little luck in front of goal.

Town went ahead in the first half, before they squandered the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot.

Ampthill were also denied by the woodwork with time running out, but Stupple’s men finished the game with 10 men for the second consecutive Saturday after a late dismissal.

Following a midweek home defeat at the hands of Holmer Green, Town needed a positive result from their trip to Middlesex and they began brightly on a difficult pitch.

They got the reward for their dominance when Charlie Cullen unleashed a superb 20-yard shot from the right which beat the home keeper.

Ampthill had a chance to double their lead before half -time when they were awarded a penalty, only for Danny Butler’s shot to by saved by the keeper on his left.

The second half saw little rhythm, although Town were pushed back further as the Tigers found more impetus.

With 10 minutes to go, a flurry of home free-kicks kept Town busy and eventually Firdus Qail levelled from close range.

There was still time for Danny Butler to lose his marker, but he saw his shot cannon off the post.

In the dying minutes Ben Butler was dismissed for a bad challenge so again the brothers were in the forefront of the action.

The two teams drew 1-1 at Ampthill in September but a repeat prescription does little for Town’s ailing season.

They host Colney Heath at home on Saturday and will need a positive result . Saturday’s point put them level with Holmer Green, but Green have three home games to end their season.