Ampthill Town begin the new SSML season on Saturday looking for an improvement in form and results after suffering a heavy defeat in their last pre-season away game.
Town lost 8-1 at Daventry Town, with the Southern League side dominating proceedings and having far too much quality for Ampthill’s new look outfit.
Although the hosts too had several newcomers, they took the game to Ampthill despite Derwayne Stupple’s side having competed well in the first 25 minutes of the contest.
John Shittu should have put Ampthill in front with a header but, after testing out the Town defence with some strong running forward, Daventry went ahead with a 25th minute penalty following a foul in the area on Josh O’Grady.
This proved to be the catalyst for the rout, and the home side added three more goals before the break, before banging in afurther four afterwards.
Hot-shot forwards Josh Blake and Jamie Calvin both grabbed hat-tricks while Joe Power added the last Daventry goal.
Ampthill keeper Jack Ambler was kept busy all afternoon and he also produced a good stop to keep a late penalty out.
Charlie Cullen scored Town’s late consolation goal to make it 6-1, before Daventry added their final two goals.
Previously to their drubbing at Daventry, Ampthill had earned a 2-1 win at Mursley last Wednesday.
They will need to find the same kind of performance in the coming weeks as the new look outfit aims to make a strong start to the fresh campaign.
Town begin the season at league newcomers Wembley FC on Saturday, before starting their home campaign with a game against promoted side Sun Postal Sports on Tuesday.
On Friday, August 15, Town travel to AFC Dunstable for a mouth-watering FA Cup tie which gets under way at 7.45pm.
After Craig Bicknell’s departure at the end of last season, Stupple has a young squad at the club but they have the potential to consolidate in the league and have a promising season.
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