Town bounce back in style with victory over Hoddesdon

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Ampthill Town bounced back from their defeat on the opening weekend of the year to record their third home win in four matches on Saturday.

They secured their best home win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Hoddesdon to earn three vital points.

The win keeps Ampthill clear of the SSML Premier Division relegation places but they need to maintain the level of performance again on Saturday when they host Hadley.

Town again fielded another much changed side, featuring newcomers Dean Dummett from Kempston and Adam Dedman who returned to Town after a few years away.

Dummett played a key part in the Ampthill goals, while Dedman steadied the defence.

In windy conditions, Hoddesdon made a promising start but did not capitalise on some good opportunities and Ampthill played their way into the game as they adjusted to their new formation.

Dummett worked hard in midfield and he got his reward when he broke through in the 35th minute to unleash a tremendous 18-yard shot to give Town the lead.

Hoddesdon tried to get back in the game early on but Town increased their lead in the 55th minute when Dan Butler converted a penalty after a push in the area.

The away keeper made a good double save from Ramsay and Dummett, while Charlie Cullen had an opening which he spurned.

Ampthill eventually made sure of the points in the 85th minute when Dummett got through some good work for Dan Butler to fire home the third from close range.

It was a well deserved and crucial win for Town which will give them belief as they face some important matches in the next few weeks.

Their squad shows more experience now and on Saturday they host an improving Hadley who beat Town in September to score their first win.

However, Town’s improved display bodes well and they will be looking for another success to steer them up the table.