Ampthill down the Jets as the hot run goes on

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Ampthill Town stretched their unbeaten run to four games on Tuesday when they picked up more vital points in beating Oxhey Jets 2-1.

For the second time in four days Ampthill overcame opponents who had inflicted a heavy defeat on them in the reverse fixture, but Town grounded the Jets with a goal apiece from the Butler brothers.

Town were again forced into changes but they counted for little as Ampthill got off to a great start when Danny Butler slotted home the first goal after 10 minutes from Conrad Zylko’s pass.

Oxhey posed little threat in the early stages but Wayne Gladdy levelled for them midway through the half when he latched onto a through-ball and beat Jack Ambler’s defence.

Ambler made a good save before the break and the visitors had openings late in the half, but there was no further scoring and the sides went in level at the interval.

After a quiet opening to the second period, Town found top gear in attack and the away goal led a charmed life – with Dawson, Maidment and Dummett all having goalline chances saved in a powerful 10-minute spell.

But the Jets finally had their wings clipped when Ben Butler rose highest to meet a corner and head home the winner.

There was still time for Town to see Olinarav and Dummett go close, while Oxhey were well marshalled by Town’s commanding rearguard.

It was another good victory for Ampthill, which brought them three wins and a draw from their last four games.

The manner of their victory was just as pleasing as the result, with youngsters showing their worth.

They have a test of character with two games against top-six clubs coming up – a trip to London Colney on Saturday followed by a clash with AFC Dunstable on Easter Saturday.