Double delight for Ampthill Town with successive wins

Berkhamsted striker BJ Christie could not find a way past a resolute Ampthill defence. Picture (c) Richard Solk
Berkhamsted striker BJ Christie could not find a way past a resolute Ampthill defence. Picture (c) Richard Solk

Ampthill Town have kickstarted their league season after their FA Vase exit – securing a first home win on Saturday after their midweek away triumph.

They scored a superb 3-1 win over second placed Berkhamsted at the weekend following their morale-boosting 4-2 win at Hillingdon.

Charlie Cullen got two of the Tuesday night goals while on Saturday newcomer Danny Butler got a brace to stun the Comrades.

The Town youngsters showed great spirit and character to earn their first home win of the campaign against an experienced Berko outfit and they deserved their first home three pointer of the season.

Berkhamsted won at Ampthill early last season and the signs were not good on Saturday when they lost two forwards to injury in the first half; Louie Dillon going off with concussion and Festus Mansaray following later with a hamstring injury.

Town were unsettled by these changes but it was the defence who looked hesitant at times and had trouble getting the ball out of the defence, with Ben Butler doing well at the centre of the back line.

However Berko will regret not taking their first half chances, with Gittens and Lewis Rodrigoe firing wide while BJ Christie caused problems.

Town grew in confidence in the second half with the rearguard becoming stronger and, after Rodrigoe again failed to test home keeper McKechnie when through, Town took the lead in the 65th minute.

Dan Butler collected a fine through-ball from Mike Draycott to send a tremendous finish past Carl Tasker.

Josh Chamberlain levelled soon afterwards with a low angled shot, but Ampthill were quick to restore their lead when Dan Butler broke through the middle to slam in another tremendous goal.

Berkhamsted tried to get an equaliser but Town’s defence stood firm and Ashley Mead increased Town’s lead when the ball broke loose from a throw-in and he drilled a 20-yarder into the net to seal the win.

It gave resurgent Ampthill their second victory in five days, with Dan Butler scoring twice while brother Ben has tightened the defence.

The character also showed against a more experienced team, although Ampthill will need to keep the momentum going as they face three league away games.

They go to Leverstock Green on Saturday and Tring after that before a midweek trip to Hertford.

But after several weeks of disappointing results they have at last got their season of the ground and will be looking for more points.