Ampthill Town secured their first home point of the season and made it three games without defeat with a goalless draw against Wodson Park on Saturday. However, Town will look back on the game with some regret as Park were down to 10 men for the second half.
Town started well and Ben Butler put a header over early on while a miscue by keeper Jack Ambler saw Wodson unable to capitalise.
Tempers rose just before half-time and Wodson’s Bradley Lloyd received his marching orders for a second yellow.
Town had the better of the early second half play, with Butler going close. Charlie Cullen netted only for the goal to be cancelled out by an assistant’s flag and, after another good home move, Joe McCabe looked to have put Town in front only for the referee to disallow it for a minor infringement.
Wodson’s Dave Speller broke his leg after an accidental clash and the game was held up while an ambulance took him to hospital.
Butler suffered a foot injury after he and the Park keeper collided, while Brad Clarke had a good opening for Ampthill, but Wodson also had two chances to snatch the points as Ambler pulled off two good stops late on.
While the match was marred by the broken leg and Butler’s injury, Town may consider they should have done better against ten men for 50 minutes – however the second refereeing decision remains a point of some contention.
Ampthill again had plenty of good approach work in midfield but lacked the decisiveness in the last third of the pitch. Even so they can be pleased with a point against a top-four side.
Town go to Hillingdon Borough on Saturday looking to extend their good away form at a ground where they recorded their first win last year. Langford are now the visitors on Saturday week in a rearranged game.