Town bounce back to bag a battling victory

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Ampthill Town lost their unbeaten record in their previous match at New Bradwell, but they kept the home flag flying with a fine 3-2 win over Woodford on Saturday.

Town were two goals up in the first half and, although Woodford levelled matters with a strike either side of the break, Ampthill proved resurgent to hit back with the winner.

It was Town’s fifth home league win of the term, but they found Woodford a competent outfit from the start as Ben Butler had to make some timely tackles.

Ampthill had one or two early openings, and Louie Dillon gave his side the lead on 28 minutes when he angled in a lovely shot past the advancing keeper.

The half hour mark saw the ball fall from a set piece to Ross Airson and he unleashed a superb 20-yard shot into the top corner.

Ampthill looked to be going in at the interval in control but hesitation in the Town defence was seized on by Tashan Richmond to reduce the deficit.

Jack Ambler was forced into a good early second half save to maintain Town’s lead but, on the hour, Woodford countered quickly for Usana Hamdan to level

However, Town fought back and, after Glenn Cooksley wasted a chance, Joe McCabe drilled in the third from a corner.

Town went forward for more goals but Mike Draycott brought a great fingertip save from the keeper, while Carl Ramsey and Dillon might have done better when well placed.

Ampthill were looking for away points on Tuesday at Baldock Town’s Stotfold FC base, but after a downpour the referee deemed the pitch unplayable.

Ampthill are without a game this weekend but begin a busy December when they host Broadfields United on Tuesday in the Division One Cup, before an away game with Crawley Green on Saturday week.