Ambergate FC picked up their first points of the MRA Division One season as they eased to a 5-1 win in the local derby against Bargate Rovers.
This was the first game to be played at Ambergate’s new home at Whitemoor Recreational and the team put in a performance to be very happy with.
Ambergate were the dominant team from the start as chances fell to Chris Dring and Jody Waldron.
However, it was Bargate who came closest to breaking the deadlock as Paul Robinson saw his shot hit the crossbar and bounce to safety.
Ambergate sealed the game when a devastating ten minute spell put them 3-0 in front.
Firstly, good work on the wing from Tom Aston allowed Richard West a chance at the near post and his low right-footed strike went across goal and into the bottom corner.
Within a couple of minutes, the lead was doubled. A corner from Tom Aston was met on the run and powerfully by Jody Waldron and his header could not be stopped by the Bargate defence.
The final goal of the half came shortly after as Chris Dring ran through on goal following a brilliant through ball by Waldron and he tucked it away passed Daryl Childe.
The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Bargate making more of a game of it and putting Ambergate under pressure.
Despite the pressure, the only times Bargate looked like they might get a goal was from Luke Brown’s long throws.
This was the case when Bargate did pull a goal back as Paul Robinson reacted quickest when a Brown throw-in was punched by ‘keeper Dan Newton and he drove it home.
This got Bargate on the front foot and Ambergate were weathering the storm well and then were rewarded with a penalty.
Sam Hicking stepped up and tucked the ball under Childe’s body for a 4-1 lead.
Chris Dring finished off the goalscoring with his second strike and the goal of the game. After receiving a pass from Aston just inside the right hand side of the box, Dring curled the ball with his left foot into the far top corner, giving Childe no chance.
This rounded off a good performance by every player including a very impressive last 30 minutes by substitute and debutant Josh Catterns.
Ambergate face Punjab United at Whitemoor this Saturday, with a 3pm kick off, while the reserves travel to Woolley Moor United Reserves.
Also, this Sunday, manager Dave Kinder will be running the Great North Run for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent. If you would like to sponsor Dave, then please visit the Virgin Money Giving website.