Ambers edged out by Hemsworth
The Ambers suffered their first defeat of the season ....
With Jake Currie absent, there was just one change from last week’s FA Cup victory, with Ollie Fearon making his first start since returning to the club. The visitors also recorded some absentees, the always dangerous Connolly being the most noticeable.
The early stages of the game were as to be expected, with both teams battling for superiority in the centre of the park. Jon Froggatt had an early sighter that missed the target before the games stand out player Dockerty showed good strength and touch to release Collier, but Ozzy Radford proved equal to the task and out muscled his opponent, the ball eventually landing in the hands of Phil Barnes.
The Ambers were playing some really attractive football in patches, albeit without particularly troubling the Hemsworth back line, and the well drilled visitors refused to be dragged out of position and stifled the home side, whilst also offering plenty going forward, mainly in the shape of Dockerty who had a couple of long range efforts just off target.
The nearest The Ambers came in the first period was a scuffed shot from Lee Cooksey following a corner which was blocked in the six yard box and scrambled away, and a well driven free kick from James Ashmore which just didn’t dip soon enough and cleared the bar.
As the clock ticked into injury time, an inspired run from Dockerty split The Ambers defence and he picked his spot to beat Barnes from just outside the box and give the visitors a precious lead.
The Ambers began the second half with much more purpose, and it took them just six minutes to get back on level terms. An Ashmore free kick out on the left was headed back across goal by Fearon, and there was Froggatt to volley home at the back stick from six yards out, and open his account for the season.
Unfortunately, conceding the goal just seemed to spur on The Wells, and they dominated the next passage of play. Another mazy run from Dockerty was patiently snubbed out by the combined efforts of Cooksey and Radford, before Barnes was called upon to acrobatically stop a long ranger from Collier, and then saved bravely at the feet of Dockerty. The keeper was helpless though, minutes later when Dockerty cantered forward again and laid the ball back on a plate for Dawo, who smashed the ball home.
Apart from one further save by Barnes from yet another Dockerty effort, the remainder of the game saw The Ambers push on well and force Hemsworth into a defensive mindset but being unable to make the all important breakthrough. Manager Colliver shuffled the pack, Turner and Denton coming on to replace the front two, and they provided their own different challenges, but the visitors continued to stand firm. The best moment came when Cameron Rigby latched on to a Turner flick, cut inside and released a decent strike, but keeper Rusling pulled off a great save to divert the ball away for a corner.
So, a somewhat flat display from The Ambers who were out foxed by a dangerous opponent who were good value for their win.