Ambleside travelled to Bolton on Saturday to play Ladybridge and came away with a well earned 4 - 1 victory. The Ladybridge team have been in good form this season and were unbeaten in the league since November 5th and achieving home and away wins against Burscough Richmond and a cup win over Kendal County so it made the victory even better.
The Ladybridge pitch was in good condition but the match was played in a gale force wind.
Early play was fairly even though Ambleside did have the ball in the net after a Michael Barron
shot was parried into the path of Maison Mcgeechan
who slotted home only to be ruled offside.
25 minutes into the game Ambleside did take the lead when a well placed pass down the centre reached Maison Mcgeechan
who neatly chipped the ball over the advancing home keeper. He was unlucky soon after when his shot appeared to be heading for the corner of the net only to find the keeper pulling off a finger tipped save to push the ball around the post. Shortly before the interval Ambleside increased their advantage when Michael Barron
’s shot from a narrow angle beat the keeper and Mike Rushton
following up at the back post made sure it went in the back of the net.
Ladybridge were unlucky not to pull one back when a great 30 yard shot appeared to be heading for the net but Rick Carter made an equally great save to push the ball over the crossbar.
5 minutes into the 2nd half Ambleside scored their 3rd goal when Mike Rushton
set up Michael Barron
and his 20 yard low shot hit the back of the net.
Chances then fell to both sides Maison Mcgeechan
hitting the post and a fine run and cross by Neil Uberschar
was unfortunate that no one was able to get a foot to it.
completed the Ambleside scoring with a tremendous 25 yard strike which gave the home keeper no chance.
Ladybridge kept going and they did score a consolation goal late in the game.