Ampthill Town showed great resilience on Tuesday to bounce back from their FA Cup exit against Risborough by clinching their first win of the season at Codicote.
After three home losses Town began their SML travels with a timely win, recovering from a goal down to take the points with two late efforts. Town dictated the play for long periods and had enough openings to have won the game more easily than the score suggests. Louie Dillon hesitated over an opportunity in the first five minutes and the hosts took advantage soon after when Jim Tizard was on had to put Codicote ahead after a mistake by the Town keeper.
But Town went on to have the better of the possession with Mike Draycott having a header saved and firing a centre across the goalmouth without a final touch. Ed Skinner and Ben Butler both saw shots go close as Town trailed at the break.
After the break the home goal was again examined with no luck in the final third of the pitch with Skinner and Dan Butler seeing opportunities going just past the post. But Ampthill finally levelled when an Arrrun Ramsay run forced a corner and Ben Butler headed home the flag kick on 79 minutes. Town grabbed the win when the referee spotted some pushing from a free kick and Ashley Mead drove home the penalty.
It was a well deserved win which would have come earlier than it did with better finishing. Nevertheless it was a boost after the FA Cup exit to Risborough Rangers last Saturday. Ampthill’s third home defeat in a week began when Martin Griggs put Rangers ahead in the 35th minute when he volleyed home a corner. Town competed well and increased the momentum after the break but found Steve Clark in the away goal in great form. Conrad Zylko was denied with a fingertip save while the woodwork played it’s part.
Ampthill mounted plenty of attacks in a fifteen minute spell but they were reduced to ten men when keeper Jarman-Webb was sent off for an unfair challenge. Rangers capitalised with further late goals from Laurence Clark and Dean Stenning to earn their win.
But Ampthill will be encouraged by their midweek away win and they will be looking for home points on Saturday against Brimsdown before a Tuesday night trip to Langford.