Butler brothers deliver as Town sink Hillingdon

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Ampthill Town kept it in the family on Saturday when brothers Ben and Dan Butler scored a goal each in the 2-1 win over Hillingdon.

Town returned home after some heavy away defeats last month to complete their first double of the season against the lowly Borough outfit.

After midweek scores took them into the bottom two, Town needed a good result last weekend and it was an important three points from a young Ampthill side.

Injuries and suspension hampered team selection but a spirited performance earned the three points.

Town began well and looked confident from the start against Hillingdon, with Dean Dummett and Charlie Cullen finding inroads in the away defence without a final finish.

Dan Butler put a good chance over after a Louie Dillon run and Dummett also spurned a good opportunity.

Hillingdon had some useful forwards but ran out of ideas in the final third of the pitch, while Ashley Mead and Ben Butler were equal to anything they could offer.

With the first half looking to end goalless, Ben Butler was on hand at the other end of the pitch to nod Town into the lead from a 44th minute corner.

Ampthill opened the second period brightly but could not capitalise on some promising play, with Dummett and Ed Skinner both seeing promising runs wasted.

Town were intent on pushing up for a second goal but it left them exposed once too often and Anthony Hickey levelled for the Middlesex side midway through the half.

But Town proved resilient and they bounced back to restore their lead soon after when Dan Butler finished off a fine Ampthill move.

Ampthill finished strongly and Butler saw another effort saved while a Charlie Cullen free-kick was charged down.

Ampthill’s first win since early January brought three precious points with a performance full of character.

But they will need to keep up the workrate in front of their supporters on Saturday for the visit of league newcomers Wembley.

Town lost there on the opening day of the season and the London side have established a top half place, so Ampthill will need another hard working display to add to their points haul in the second of four home games.