Ampthill gearing up for home bonanza

Ampthill will be looking to get back to winning ways soon. Photo by David Horn/PRiME Media Images
Ampthill will be looking to get back to winning ways soon. Photo by David Horn/PRiME Media Images

Ampthill Town’s away game at Broadfields United was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch, but after a sequence of away games they now have a string of home fixtures in a row.

Hillingdon are the visitors to Ampthill on Saturday, followed by Winslow and Arlesey Reserves.

Town have been on a poor run of form of late; they have not won since their Beds Trophy victory over Flitwick last month and have slipped down the SSML Division One table with four consecutive defeats.

But their recent trips have been to clubs at the top of the table and they have been unfortunate to get no reward.

Ampthill made the short trip to Crawley Green’s Barton base last Wednesday and made the high-flying hosts work for the points as they eventually went down 3-2.

Town got off to a great start when they took a first minute lead through Danny Butler, who beat Bull at the second attempt after being released by Maidment.

The visitors controlled the next phase of the game and might have added to their lead, with Brad Clarke and Mike Draycott both forcing Bull into action.

Crawley levelled on the half hour mark from Stuart Strange, and they went ahead soon after when a cross into the muddy goalmouth was deflected for an own-goal.

They extended the lead in controversial style when the Ampthill keeper was lobbed and, despite Mead’s clearance, the ball was deemed to have crossed the line.

This did not deter Town and they had several chances in the second period, with Danny Butler reducing the arrears with a shot from the left.

Chances fell to both sides late on, with Joe O’Donnell pulling off a fine save from a free-kick, but Town having a penalty turned down when Maidment was brought down.

Ampthill battled hard with no luck on the night but the performance will encourage them as they return home to face a Hillingdon side on who they beat away earlier in the campaign.