Ampthill back on track with Stotfold victory

Ampthill in action against AFC Dunstable on Saturday. Picture (c) June Essex
Ampthill in action against AFC Dunstable on Saturday. Picture (c) June Essex

Ampthill Town bounced back from their heaviest home defeat of the campaign to record their second away win of the year with a 2-1 triumph at Stotfold on Tuesday night.

Town showed plenty of resilience in coming from a goal down at the break to earn their first away win since November.

Both sides carved out early openings, with Daniel Olinarav having a shot blocked for Town and Deane Dummett also missing a half chance.

It was Roker Park side Stotfold who went ahead in the 25th minute when Mark Ellis fired an angled shot into the net for 1-0.

Despite this set-back, Ampthill rallied and Dummett went close to forcing an equaliser after a embarking on a good run just before the break.

Town goalkeeper Lewis Jarman-Webb had to be at his best in the second half and he pulled off some fine stops to keep his side in the match.

However, Ampthill were a stronger unit in the second period and they levelled the scores at 1-1 when Daniel Olanirav got the decisive touch after a Dummett free-kick was headed in his direction.

Soon afterwards, Jarman-Webb pulled off another great save to keep Town level, and that was to prove important as his side went ahead when Danny Butler sent a 20-yard rocket of a shot flying in past the home keeper.

Town defended valiantly for the remainder of the game, and Dummett and Charlie Cullen both worked hard as the visitors secured a vital away win.

Derwayne Stupple’s side head to Berkhamsted on Saturday, before a crucial week when they host Holmer Green on Tuesday night and visit London Tigers the following Saturday.

Ampthill currently sit 20th in the SSML Premier Division table.