Sat 16
Haverhill Rovers A
1st Team
L Jenkinson-Dix (40'), (70')
Ambassadors Beaten in the Bog

Ambassadors Beaten in the Bog

By Mike Osbourn
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Cruel late defeat on shocker of a pitch.

After a couple of recent positive results, Ambassadors visited Haverhill, looking to do the double over them, and climb above them in the table.

Arriving at the ground, the set up appeared impressive. Haverhill have developed their facilities in recent times, and now have a pavilion to rival any in the league. Unfortunately the pitches are as bad as ever, with the pitch so bad for the game, with standing water, heavy muddy puddles and a water logged ditch immediately adjacent, it was very questionable whether the game should have gone ahead.

Despite this, it did.

Unfortunately, Ambassadors started the game poorly, largely failing to get to grips with the surface or opponents. Consequently, the first half was largely one-sided with the Ambassadors players struggling to get any possession of the ball, whilst Haverhill created numerous chances, and were a little unlucky not to score more than the two that they did.

Despite such a one-sided half, Ambassadors were handed a lifeline late in the period, as a defensive mix-up saw Luc J-D handed a surprise, which he gratefully accepted, to reduce the deficit to one at the break.

In the second period, Ambassadors were much, much better. Far more composed in possession, and better organised without the ball, the game turned on it's head for a period. A good passage of play saw Luc J-D bag a second, equalising, goal, with a lovely chip over the keeper, and then Ollie Smith denied by a great save by the home keeper.

Unfortunately for Ambassadors, they were to be denied anything from the game as, late on, the pitch came into play with Jack getting stuck in the mud, slipping, to allow the Haverhill number nine a free run to finish and complete his hattrick.

All in all, a tough defeat to take, but plenty of positives to take from the second half performance.

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Sat 16, Feb 2013



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