Sat 02
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P Harding (10')
Ambassadors Fail to Out Fox Foxton

Ambassadors Fail to Out Fox Foxton

By Mike Osbourn
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Battling Draw Sees Status Quo Maintained

After last week's fighting win against Duxford, Ambassadors returned to Trumpington looking to put further distance between themselves and the bottom of the table by hosting Foxton.

The away fixture, earlier in the season, had been a disappointing affair for the side, having been on the end of a sound beating, and so little motivation was needed. However, the side was depleted from the previous week, with numerous players unavailable.

The starting line-up was:

Dave Osbourn
Johnny Clark, Mike Osbourn, James Davenport, Mike Sexton
Lewis Brant, John Birch, Todd Baxter, Patrick Harding,
Ollie Smith,
Joe McMenamin

Subs: Luc Jenkinson-Dix, Nathan Wright, Archie Rutterford (all arriving late).

Despite the changes, Ambassadors got off to the better start, playing some nice passing football at times. However, the play from both sides lacked a cutting edge and slowly the game deteriorated into a general slug fest.

Eventually though, the game sparked into life, with Patrick finding the back of the net after a good passage of play saw the ball ping around the Foxton box.

Sadly, however, Ambassadors didn't build on this, and were pegged back shortly after, as a corner was defended poorly, leaving the big Foxton centre back with a free header to equalise.

Shortly after, the game then exploded in controversy as two soft penalties were awarded in quick succession.

Firstly, Foxton were awarded a penalty after the Foxton striker went to ground after backing into Mike and Dave while waiting for a corner to be taken. Fortunately, justice was done when the taker cleared the bar with his spot kick.

Then, shortly after, Ambassadors were awarded their own spot kick, after Patrick was nudged to the ground. Again, justice was probably done as Ollie saw his firm drive saved by the Foxton keeper.

So, the half finished even, despite the penalty awards, with plenty to play for in the second period.

For the start of the second half, the sides appeared unchanged, and Foxton initially took the ascendancy, without really troubling the Ambassadors back line.

Slowly, however, Ambassadors came back into the game and created more chances of their own. Changes were made throughout the period, and this seemed to give fresh impetus to Ambassadors, with Ollie Smith, Nathan Wright and Luc all being presented with chances that were thwarted by the Foxton back line. Similarly, Foxton created a couple of good chances of their own, one a sharp chance from a corner that clipped the bar, and another when Dave had to be alert to save smartly from close range.

Despite the chances though, neither side managed to find that killer touch, and so the game finished even. On reflection, the point was a fair result from an even game, and meant the gap between the sides was preserved.

Now entering the final few games of the season, Ambassadors have a tough run of games coming up, starting with run-away league leaders Thurlow next week. Hopefully the side will be able to pick up a few more points to guarantee their safety, and will be able to take encouragement from the haul of points secured since the turn of the year.

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Sat 02, Mar 2013



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