Double dose of defeat as Ampthill make a poor start to the new season

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Ampthill Town FC have given themselves an uphill struggle with two home defeats in their opening two games.

Southall beat them 5-2 on Saturday while New Bradwell took the points with a 2-0 win. It is a poor start for the club and comes ahead of the visit of Risborough Rangers in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday.

Town were looking for a good start to their league campaign after last season’s relegation, but Southall had other ideas with Edison Teberen scoring four goals.

His first came inside 10 minutes when he latched on to a poor back header and drilled the ball home.

But Town fought back and two well taken goals by Danny Butler and Arrun Ramsey put the hosts in front.

However, Teberen was not done and he levelled after another defensive mistake, before he put Southall ahead when he squeezed the ball home from a corner.

Ampthill enjoyed plenty of possession after the interval but were unable to put the finishing touch to some tidy approach work and Southall made them pay with two more goals.

A keepers’ clearance went straight to Joe Ward who crashed home the fourth and Teberen added the fifth and his fourth with a stunning 25 yard shot.

Town were looking for an improvement on Tuesday but New Bradwell marked their first game of the season with a fine display capped by two first half goals.

Another early goal was conceded by Town, Charlie Flanagan netting in the seventh minute after a good midfield move.

The visitors clipped the bar with another effort but, in the 37th minute, they doubled the lead when Ricardo Archer finished off after good work by Flangan.

Ampthill competed more in the second half but were denied by New Bradwell with some good saves and timely tackles preserving their two-goal advantage.

Town would have hoped for a much more positive start from their first week’s games and they will need to put in a better performance when Risborough Rangers visit on Saturday.

It is their first outing in the FA Cup while Town will want a cup win after last season’s early exit.

Town begin their league travels next Tuesday when they go to Codicote before a home match with Brimsdown Rovers.