Ampthill Town bag first win as Hillingdon are hit for four

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Ampthill Town bounced back from their early FA Vase exit to record their first league win of the season on Tuesday, bagging a 4-2 victory at Hillingdon Borough.

Town showed great character to come from behind twice and earn their first win of the campaign.

Ampthill dictated the first half but trailed at half-time when Francisco Caro netted for the hosts.

But Ampthill levelled when Charlie Cullen headed home a Derwayne Stupple cross 10 minutes into the second half.

Mark Chijindu restored the Hillingdon lead, only for Town to answer back with an equaliser straightaway with Ashley mead scoring from Draycott’s good work.

A second goal from Cullen put Town ahead in the 70th minute and, with five minutes left, Sheldon Washington sealed a tremendous first win for Ampthill. It showed great resilience after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Tring Athletic in the FA Vase.

All the goals came in the second half with Tring striking early on and, although Cullen pulled one back after they doubled the lead, Tring struck twice more late in the game.

Tring had the better chances in the first period, with Town keeper McKechnie forced to pull off a good save when Kawalie tried to play himself out of trouble, while McManus and Vardy both missed the target after carving open the new look Ampthill defence.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when Chris Vardy headed home a cross from the overlapping McManus.

Ampthill made a double change and Cullen was unlucky with a deflected shot.

Town’s task was made harder when Ashley Mead was dismissed for a second bookable offence to leave Ampthill with 10 men.

Kieron Turner increased the Tring lead in the 78th minute but Cullen gave Ampthill some hope when he reduced the deficit with a superb snap shot.

But as Town pushed up for a leveller it left gaps at the back and further strikes from Vardy and Turner punished them and wrapped up the win for Tring.