Ampthill facing the drop after last day draw

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Ampthill Town’s three-year stay in the SSML Premier Division looks to be over after they drew 1-1 with Colney Heath on Saturday while Holmer Green beat Cockfosters.

Town needed to win and hope Holmer failed to get any points from their last two matches, but Ampthill could only gain a point so they stay in the bottom two relegation places at the end of their season.

It has been a difficult campaign with a new manager and playing staff, but last year’s league runners-up are likely to face the drop into Division one.

Town did not make things easy for themselves with only one point from vital games against Holmer Green and London Tigers, but they started brightly against Colney Heath who had put eight past them earlier in the season.

Louie Dillon was prominent with some good work, while Dean Dummett was a key man in midfield.

The pair combined in the 20th minute when Dillon collected Dummett’s pass to force a fingertip save from the keeper.

Ampthill’s tidy approach work did not always get it’s reward in the final third of the pitch and it needed Ben Butler to join the attack in the 59th minute to fire home to put his side ahead after a good three-man move.

But after Jack Ambler had earlier saved well, Town’s lead was cancelled out 1o minutes later when Glen Draper headed home for Colney Heath.

Town had good chances through Danny Butler and Charlie Cullen, but Ambler pulled off a great save near the end to keep hold of a point for Town.

It was not enough to keep them out of the bottom two, but the squad has shown many changes during the season after a poor start and results and performances in the latter half of the campaign can be built on next year.

It was a big step for a young side but, with one or two additions, they can challenge and compete in Division One if relegation comes at the end of the year.