Reserves stage stirring fightback

Ambergate Reserves moved into fourth place in the Midland Regional Alliance Division Two after coming from two goals down to beat Matlock Town Academy in their final game of the season.

The pre-match build up surrounded Darren Boot, who was set to play his final game for Ambergate after being an ever present since the club was re-established, and was made captain for the night.

However, the game started badly as, within the first minute, the referee blew for a penalty after a free kick was played into the box and Daniel Mee was penalised for shirt pulling.

The penalty was struck low and despite Stephen Waite’s best efforts the ball rolled over the line after clipping the post.

Five minutes later, Matlock doubled their lead. Some miscommunication between Waite and Mee allowed the onrushing forward to get to the ball first and he squared to a teammate, who finished into an empty net.

Following this, Ambergate finally got into their stride with Richard West, Tom Aston and Chris Dring starting to cause problems.

Just after ten minutes, Ambergate pulled a goal back. Dring chipped a ball to the back post from the angle of the area and West got his head to it first saw it go into the top corner.

Two minutes later, Ambergate looked to have grabbed an equaliser. A long ball forward was challenged for by Shane Linthwaite and drilled home by Dring but the referee blew for a free kick.

In the second half, Ambergate were dominant as they searched for the two vital goals required.

Within minutes of the restart, Tom Aston got the important second.

Matlock’s defence were struggling to cope with the onslaught but were managing to hold out.

With five minutes left, the winning goal came and it was even sweeter as it came from a Darren Boot pass over the defence. Chris Dring latched on to it first and managed to knock the ball around the onrushing ‘keeper and Shane Linthwaite guarded it over the line as a defender came in to clear it.