Ambers beaten in five goal thriller
The Ambers tasted defeat for the second time in three days against Staveley ....
The Ambers were looking to bounce back from Thursday’s defeat at Hall Road, but with injuries still biting deep, a full debut was given to right back Connor Cutts whilst fellow starlets Alfie Dodsworth and Parirs Dixon also started. Visitors Staveley had mounted an excellent rear guard action as the season end neared, leaving them sat comfortably in mid-table, looking up rather than down.
The Ambers began well and the early signs were positive, with Brad Nicholson and Jon Hill heavily involved from the off. Lee Cooksey came close to opening the scoring twenty minutes in, when his flicked header was touched onto the bar by Leese, with Dixon heading the rebound over, under pressure from a defender. The visitors’ first sight of goal came a couple of minutes later when a good drive from Morley was well kept out by a diving Jon Hedge.
The Ambers took a deserved lead in their next foray upfield, Nicholson’s magnificent cross to the far post headed home by a stooping Hill, but The Ambers were reliant on Hedge to keep their lead, when minutes later, he saved with his trailing leg when a clever free kick routine saw ex Amber Finlaw shoot from just inside the area.
The Trojans were now knocking the ball around well, with Finlaw as expected, at the centre of things, but his next input was a goal saving tackle on Dixon as the youngster was just about to pull the trigger after Josh Hemmingway had set him up on the edge of the box. The half ended with a lovely run and shot by the effervescent Dodsworth, which brought a good save from Leese.
The young midfielder also had the first chance of the second half but his audacious chip landed just wide of the target, and The Ambers were rocked back almost immediately when a snap shot from Foltyn-Brown came back off the bar with the rebound tucked away by Baskerville. The goal came as a bit of a shock as The Ambers had looked well in control despite Staveley having good periods of possession, and things went from bad to worse, when a Trojans corner was not dealt with and the loose ball was slammed home again by Baskerville.
James Ashmore chipped a good effort onto the top of the visitors net, before playing a great ball down the right for substitute Ben Partridge to run onto. The young winger raced past his marker and was sent sprawling in the area, Ashmore stepping up to calmly slot home the equaliser.
With twenty minutes remaining, Ozzie Radford was replaced after a good stint in the centre of midfield, and a change of formation ensued, but before everyone could get to grips with their new positions, a misplaced pass in the centre of the park was quickly picked up and knocked forward to Doolan who finished well from the right side of the box to restore Staveley’s lead.
For the second home game in a row, an Ambers sub had to be replaced due to injury, this time Partridge had to leave the field, giving Tyler Bradley another chance to impress, but once The Trojans had their noses in front, they never looked likely to give up their hard earned points.
HE Barnes Man of The Match – Brad Nicholson