Ampthill return to action after lay-off with a victory

Ampthill Town's first league home match for nearly seven weeks saw them beat Irchester 2-1 on Tuesday to earn three points on their return to the South Midlands stage, writes Eric Turner.
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After the league schedule and the weather gave them a break the Amps scored in each half to complete a double over the lowly Alfred street side - and the winning margin would have been more had it not been for the woodwork.

Town got off to a great start when Jack Kent headed them in front inside five minutes from a Mark Bunker set piece.

Town kept the away keeper busy in the early part of the game and he had to turn a Sam Holmes shot away for a corner.

Ampthill mark home action return with a win.Ampthill mark home action return with a win.
Ampthill mark home action return with a win.

Kai Arthur hit the post with a good effort before Drew Roberts was also denied by the post early in the second half.

But the keeper was beaten in the 55th minute when Roberts set up Kai Arthur, who doubled Town's lead with a well-worked goal.

Sam Holmes crashed a volley against the bar.

But Irchester's Adam Barabaz pulled a goal back for his side with a shot from 18 yards.

Town might have been out of luck in their finishing but the points keep them just behind the league leaders.

They visit O.N. Chenecks on Saturday.

Last night the Amps’ SML Challenge Trophy opponents Aylesbury Vale Dynamos beat Berko Raiders, but because of their fixture congestion Ampthill are now playing them at home next Thursday, 7th March (7.45 pm) and not Tuesday as originally planned.

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