Ampthill Town knocked out of the FA Vase as home woes continue

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Ampthill Town’s struggle for home form continued on Saturday when they lost 2-1 against London Tigers in the FA Vase.

Town conceded an early goal and, although they levelled soon after the interval, the visitors scored their winner midway through the second half to book their place in the next round.

Town had won their previous game at Langford ten days earlier but the side was hit by holidays and injuries in the interim and they got off to a bad start when Hesham Benmansour put Tigers ahead from close range following a smart raid down the right.

The SSML Premier Division side were good value for their lead and proved a lively outfit in midfield.

Only some robust tackling from Ampthill kept them at bay and this in turn kept the referee busy. Tigers were unable to add another despite some good approach work while Town did not threaten too much despite some promising moves.

But five minutes into the second half Ampthill found themselves back in the game when Mike Draycott levelled after Town’s forward line finally got the better of the away defence.

Ampthill enjoyed a good spell and Carl Ramsey saw a fierce drive tipped over by Pampolim. But despite having a good deal of possession Town could not find any creativity or spark to find a further goal.

Tigers broke away in the 73rd minute and Rashid Obbadi fired the winner past Templeman. Ampthill tried to retaliate with Draycott firing a free-kick over and Dan Butler going close when well placed.

But Ampthill did not roar enough against the Tigers, with meagre pickings for their forwards despite some hard work in midfield against the Premier Division club who now host Crawley Green.

Ampthill need to show more presence and character in their play to get out of the losing home run. It is back to the league on Saturday when they host league newcomers Broadfield United.