Ampthill on the rise with gutsy win at Borough

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Ampthill Town’s climb up the SSML Division One table continued on Saturday when they scored their fourth away win of the season with a 1-0 success at Hillingdon Borough.

Following their first home point of the term in their last match, Town made it four games without defeat at the Middlesex Stadium.

Town recorded their first win of last season at Hillingdon in November, and they took all the points again in the battle of the relegated sides.

Goalkeeper Jack Ambler saved Town in the first half when he pulled off a great save with one of Hillingdon’s rare threats, while Ampthill failed to make the most of their possession in the first period.

But Town increased the tempo in the second half to keep their superb away record intact.

Town were again forced to make changes with Luke Finnie and Callum McAdam doing well at the back while Brad Clarke proved dangerous up front.

The only goal of the game came early in the second half when the ball fell to Ashley Mead from a corner and his powerful shot was only parried by the home keeper to Carl Ramsay who rounded the keeper to score from six yards.

Ampthill went on to have the better of the game after that, with several openings going unrewarded, while Charlie Cullen clipped the bar from 15 yards out.

An injury to Ambler meant a lengthy stoppage with extra minutes on the referee’s watch, but in an anxious finale Town’s defence remained defiant to hold out for a valuable and well deserved three points.

Ampthill are at home to Langford on Saturday and they will be looking for that elusive first home win which would give them the double over the Forde Park side, having won the reverse fixture earlier on in the campaign.