Crucial 3 Points

Crucial 3 Points

By Michael Sexton
22nd October 2012
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Ambassadors bounce back with second league win of the season


Following back to back heavy defeats with only 1 goal scored and 18 conceeded, Ambassadors looked to get back to winning ways away at Cherry Hinton.

A much changed side from the past couple of weeks saw the return of Steve Sexton, Archie Rutterford and Luc Jenkinson-Dix and debut appearances for new signings Luke Westwood and Duncan White.

The first half saw most of the play battled out in midfield with neither team able to register on the score sheet. Duncan White caused constant problems the Cherry Hintons back line but was unable to convert a number of chances in the first half. Goalkeeper David Osbourn was relatively untroubled apart from one occasion when he was forced into a smart reaction save towards the close of the half.

The second half continued in the same manner as the first but it was the away side who got the break through when they were awarded a penalty for handball. Duncan White stepped up confidently for Ambassadors and smashed the ball in to put them 1-0 up after 60 minutes. Ambassadors keeper David Osbourn was perhaps a little fortunate not to see red for a possible handball outside of the area which went unseen by the officials.

Shortly after the home side were level when Ambassadors were unable to clear their lines. With 20 minutes left it was all to play for. Cherry Hinton thought they had taken the lead with 15 minutes remaining but a close range header was rightly ruled out for offside, despite heavy protests.

An injury to Luke Westwood saw Justin Hayward return to the pitch and with only 10 minutes remaining he fired the away side into the lead with a 25 yard belter.

Ambassadors were on their way to a crucial 3 points and were further aided when a Cherry Hinton midfielder was on the end of a straight red card after tackling the man with no intent of playing the ball when Justin broke clean through. A second red was handed out for protest which saw the home side having to play the last 5 minutes with 9 men.

Ambassadors held out for the win and three points which saw them move up 3 places and off of the foot of the table.

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