Ambergate FC picked up a well deserved point in a 2-2 draw away against a Derby Singh Brothers side who have not lost since October.
The Derby side started the Midlands Regional Alliance game brightly but it was Ambergate on the break who looked the most likely to score.
This was the case on 13 minutes when neat play on the edge of the area from Josh Squires freed Paul Robinson in the box and his low shot was too much for the ‘keeper to handle.
Singh Brothers recovered well and were soon in front. Firstly, a break down the right saw a ball squared into the box and tucked away by the onrushing forward and then within five minutes the Ambergate side switched off as a quick corner was taken into the box and the forward rounded Waite and rolled the ball home, despite the best efforts of Jamie Fraser in trying to stop him.
Ambergate started the second half the better side and this carried on for the majority of the half.
An equaliser looked on the cards and came after 50 minutes when a good passing move from front to back ended with Tom Smith cushioning a header down for Sam Hicking to rifle home from the edge of the area.
Ambergate came close to a third when Ryan Walters had a free kick well saved by the ‘keeper.
With 15 minutes left, Singh Brothers were reduced to ten men when a straight red was shown following a late challenge. Despite this, Singh Brothers had a couple of chances to snatch victory with Jack Ferguson and Gary Conway stopping shots on the line.
A well earned point came with the final whistle on the first game of 2014.
Ambergate Reserves carried on their good form as they extended their unbeaten league run to five with a 1-0 win at Roe Farm. The lone goal came from Andrew Briscoe early in the first half.
This weekend sees the Reserves travel to face Sandiacre Town Reserves (2pm kick off) while the first team have a free weekend.