Seventh defeat keeps Ampthill bottom

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Ampthill Town remain bottom of the SML Premier Division after their seventh league defeat at Hadley on Saturday.

They went down 3-0 to the Potters Bar based side which was their first win of the season. Town trailed by two goals at the break but gave a spirited second half display but failed to put away their chances in the early season six pointer.

Both sides tested each other out in the early stages with Hadley’s Ben Luck going close early on and DOM Petrucci having a shot blocked while Town’s Josh Murray went on a strong run which finished tamely. The hosts went ahead in the 16th minute when a corner was headed back across the goalmouth for Dave Pigden to nod the ball past Ambler.

Full back Dan Bishop was making Town’s Michael Draycott work hard with some overlapping while Ampthill found it hard to create too much despite plenty of possession. Jack Ambler did well to save at the feet of Luck but Luck increased the home lead in the 37th minute when he swept the ball home after collecting a crossed free kick.

Town changed their formation at the break with Stupple injured and showed much more enterprise with Tremayne Charles more of a threat. Hadley had a chance to increase their lead but Petrucci ballooned a penalty over but soon after Town’s Ashley Mead missed a great chance to reduce the arrears when he put the ball wide with only the keeper to beat.

Mead and Murray both had half chances to get Ampthill back in the game but Town were reduced to ten men late in the game when Kawalie was dismissed for a second offence.

Dan Bishop added Hadley’s third in injury time and perhaps the scoreline was harsh and did not reflect Town’s second half effort and purpose although the missed openings were costly.

Derwayne Stupple’s side may be a young unit but they are learning the hard way in coming to terms with Premier Division football.

They showed more urgency after the break but need more firepower up front.

They go to Holmer Greeen on Saturday to play another side struggling for form before London Tigers are the next visitors to Ampthill Park.