Ampthill Town finally ended their barren start to the season and got their first SSML Premier Division point of the campaign on Saturday when they drew 1-1 with London Tigers.
Ampthill were deservedly ahead at the interval but the visitors levelled in the second half. However it was a big relief for Town to get off the mark at last against a Tigers side who played some attractive football.
Ampthill manager Derwayne Stupple brought in one or two new faces and Town played with more fluency and conviction than they had done previously, thoroughly earning their point against the London outfit who were always keen to attack.
Town began brightly but Tigers soon showed why they are enjoying a good FACup run and Perez hooked a chance wide before Chiedozie hit the post.
Matt Jones had to be in good form and made some good stops deputising for Jack Ambler in the Ampthill goal, but after a confident start from the Tigers, Town went ahead in the 16th minute when Ashley Mead finished off a good counter-attack.
Tremayne Charles and debutante Sheldon Washington both had chances to test keeper Gomes but at the other end Jones was in good form to block a shot from Santo who also put another effort wide of the mark.
The Tigers finally managed to beat the inspired Jones 10 minutes into the second half when Da Silveira bundled the ball home from a set piece.
The Ampthill keeper then pulled off a great double save to preserve Town’s point and neither side could find a winner despite plenty of openings.
The draw got Ampthill off the points mark and, although they still remain rooted to the bottom of the division, they can take heart from a display with much more authority and spirit.