Ampthill Town make a point against high-flying Wembley

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Ampthill Town secured another vital point in their quest for SSML Premier Division survival with a 1-1 draw against high flying Wembley on Saturday.

After a timely win against Hillingdon in their previous match, Town shared the spoils with fourth placed Wembley in a game of contrasting goalkeeping displays.

Town lost 3-1 at league newcomers Wembley on the opening day of the campaign and the visitors showed why they have risen to the top part of the table, while Town keeper Jack Ambler had to be on his best form.

Player/manager Derwayne Stupple restored himself to the side after a four-match ban, but it was again a young Town side who took the field against the stronger looking visitors.

But Ampthill were buoyant after their previous win and took the game to Wembley in the opening stages, with Louie Dillon and Dean Dummett both prominent early on, while Ed Skinner tested the keeper in the first five minutes.

Ampthill lost Charlie Cullen with a thigh injury in the 15th minute, but they made Wembley defend with some strong running and were unlucky not to make more of promising midfield play.

They forged ahead in the 23rd minute when a back-pass fell short of the mark and the keeper mis-kicked – allowing Dan Butler to run the ball into the empty net.

Dillon had a header saved but Wembley stepped up their game and used their wingers well, with one or two chances going begging.

Wembley came out for the second half with plenty of intent and Ambler had to pull off a string of great saves to keep his side ahead.

Middlesex side Wembley have won nine away games and, after being denied by the crossbar, they levelled on the hour when Joe Price was on hand to beat Ambler after a centre from the left.

Butler went close for Ampthill but Town had to dig in deep and defended stoutly to earn their home draw of the season.

Town are without a game this weekend but they host Hertford on Saturday week followed by a visit from Oxhey Jets on the following Tuesday.