Butler serves up the points for Ampthill Town against Chesham Reserves

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Ampthill defender Ben Butler showed his team-mates the way to goal when his first half strike was enough to beat third placed Chesham United Reserves 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The skipper’s goal was enough to take the points against the high-flying visitors and make it seven points from the last three home games for Town.

Ampthill lost at Chesham in December and they had to battle for their revenge this time around, with Town coming out on top in a game of few chances.

Chesham’s youngsters started the game well but were marshalled confidently by the Town defence.

Ampthill soon recovered the initiative, with Mike Draycott and Ed Skinner both going close.

The deadlock was broken on the 40th minute when a Draycott corner was headed home by Butler.

Steve Templeman kept Ampthill ahead when he made a good save from a header, while at the other end, Fraser Maidment should have doubled the lead but was off target with a header.

It was the away keeper’s turn to shine and he made a tremendous save from Bradley Clarke’s well-hit volley, before keeping out a drive from Ed Skinner.

It was a crucial if hard earned three points against a strong Chesham outfit, leaving Ampthill sitting comfortably in 11th place in the SSML Division One table.

Town now have three away games, beginning with a trip to Wodson Park on Saturday.

They then go to Woodford next Thursday before a trip to Winslow.

In other news, a new date has been set for Ampthill’s meeting with Kempston Town and Bedford College in the Beds Senior Trophy Final.

The rescheduled match will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at Barton Rovers, with a 7.30pm kick-off.