First home league loss of season for Ambergate

Shaun Bestwick of Ambergate FC''Picture by Terry Fletcher
Shaun Bestwick of Ambergate FC''Picture by Terry Fletcher

Ambergate lost 3-2 on Saturday to an organised Shardlow St James side who moved above them to top the Midlands Regional Alliance Division Two.

This was Ambergate’s first home loss in the league this season.

The match started off well with Shardlow struggling to get a grip. Andy Stevenson was sent through on goal early on but the Shardlow ‘keeper saved with his feet.

The deadlock was broken after 12 minutes. Stevenson sent Richard Clark clear, he rounded the ‘keeper and squeezed the ball in from a tight angle.

Shardlow then started to up their game and were looking like the side most likely to score. Adam Bannister made a good save on the line before the equaliser finally arrived.

Shardlow picked the ball up in space and were not closed down before curling a shot home.

Shardlow then took the lead. Indecision between Worth, Waldron and Bannister allowed the Shardlow forward the opportunity to tuck the ball away from a tight angle on the touchline.

However, Ambergate were thrown a lifeline within minutes of the half-time whistle.

A long throw from Jack Ferguson landed at the feet of Richard Clark, with his back to goal, who turned hit a shot which the ‘keeper could not hold and it trickled over the line. The second half became a battle in the muddy conditions but it was Shardlow who seemed to be picking up every loose ball and pushing forward.

Shardlow almost took the lead after 60 minutes but Adam Bannister made a great save when it looked like he had dived the opposite way.

Shardlow took the lead on 72 minutes when an unmarked player tapped home.

Ambergate travel to face Shardlow again this weekend, an early opportunity regain the top spot.