Codnor Athletic 0 Ambergate FC 6
Ambergate put in a strong performance against a young Codnor Athletic side at Darley Fields and secured a comfortable 6-0 victory.
Ambergate carried on their good football from the friendly against Graham St Prims the week before and looked confident in possession throughout.
Ambergate had a few half chances which were saved by the Codnor ‘keeper but the breakthrough came after 20 minutes. Richard West swung in a corner which was only half cleared to Shaun Bestwick just inside the box and he saw his powerful shot handled on the line and a penalty awarded.
West stepped up but yet again the ‘keeper made a fine save to his right. However, the ball remained in play and West managed to get a cross in which was diverted into the net by a Codnor defender.
The lead was doubled shortly after as Rob Gregory scored on his debut. A chipped through ball from West allowed Gregory to brush off the last defender and get a shot into the net.
A couple of changes were made at half time and one of them, Nick Brewer, made an immediate impact. Another West corner came in and was won freely in the area by Brewer who headed home powerfully past the ‘keeper.
Ambergate were in complete control and then went on to score two goals in two minutes.
First, yet another West corner caused problems as the Codnor defence struggled to clear the ball. Brewer kept the pressure on in the six-yard box and tapped the ball to Gregory to tuck the ball away neatly for his second.
Then Sam Hicking got himself on the score sheet. West sent Gregory through on goal and he went around the onrushing ‘keeper but instead of finishing for his hat trick he turned and squared the ball to Hicking who drilled home with his left foot.
The scoring was complete after 75 minutes. Good work on the right from Chris Dring found Gregory in the box and his lay-off found Jack Henley who drilled the ball low into the bottom corner for his debut goal.
Blessington Carriage 2 Ambergate 4
Ambergate carried on their unbeaten run in pre-season with a 4-2 win over Derby-based Taverners League side Blessington Carriage but will not be happy with the performance of the team overall.
The game started well with the team looking in control during the early stages and taking the lead after 11 minutes.
Craig Siddons whipped in a free kick which eluded everyone but Adi Knight was on hand to nod home for his first Ambergate goal.
Within a few minutes, the lead was doubled. Good work by Tom Aston allowed him to drive past the left back and cut the ball back to Knight, who struck for his second of the match.
However, the evening soon turned sour for Knight after an innocuous challenge left him with a knee injury and struggling to walk, which was a major disappointment all round.
Blessington pulled a goal back on the half hour mark with a good strike and then Ambergate lost another forward to injury as Jody Waldron pulled up with a hamstring injury.
The remainder of the half was a sloppy affair by the Ambergate side and this did not improve any further in the second half.
Despite the poor play, Ambergate did manage to grab another two goals for a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Firstly, Aston beat the full back and his cross found Dan Newton who bought the ball down inside the six-yard box and tucked it past the ‘keeper.
Newton then scored his second after a perfect through ball from Siddons allowed him to took the ball away into the bottom corner from just inside the area.
The lead did not do anything to improve Ambergate’s performance though and Blessington were allowed back into the game after more sloppy play gave them a corner which was put into his own net by Siddons when looking to head clear.
Blessington managed a few more chances but these were cleared away scrappily by the defence.
The club will be happy with the winning mentality being gained during pre-season so far but will be more than happy to forget this performance and move on to the next friendly.