Langford battle back but lose at Ampthill

Ampthill Town v Langford
Ampthill Town v Langford

Langford’s visit to Bedfordshire rivals Ampthill Town ended in a 4-2 defeat on Saturday.

The Reds started slowly allowing Ampthill to get into their stride and dominate the opening encounters.

After just five minutes Ampthill were in front when Ed Skinner put the ball through to Louie Dillon who shot past Marco De Lauri making his debut in goal.

The Reds briefly gained some possession with Mallett running at Ampthill then having his shot saved. However it was then all Ampthill, firstly Dillon had a header cleared off the line, then following a poor clearance Joe McCabe scored to make it 2-0.

At this point Town had almost all the play, Dillon shooting narrowly wide, and supporters were wondering how many Ampthill would win by. Ampthill’s full back Glenn Cooksley had a good run then his shot cannoned off a defender to safety, Brad Clark headed wide from two yards out.

Langford started the second half in a more determined manner Nathan Mallett having his shot saved following a great run. Then Stephen Brooks threaded a ball through to Mallett who was offside.

Then the ball broke to Louie Dillon at the far post, slightly against the run of play, for his second and Ampthill’s third goal.

After 56 minutes Karl dean got the wrong side of Dillion and in a tangle of feet bought him down in the penalty box. Up stepped Dillon to take the penalty, which was well saved low down by De Lauri in the Langford goal.

More Ampthill pressure followed, then in the 65th minute Mallett broke forward and was tripped in the Ampthill penalty box. Mallett stepped up and placed the spot kick in the top right hand corner of the net.

The hosts continued to have the best of the play but again were guilty of poor marking allowing Mike Draycott to tap in at the far post.

Both teams made chances but neither looked like scoring, then in the 89th minute the Ampthill defence partly cleared the ball high out of their area, Ross Scotney hit a volley on the run from fully 35 yards out, which looped into the top corner.

Langford’s next match is at home to Harpenden Town in SSMFL Division 1 on Saturday, October 17.

The Reserves’ next match is at home to Baldock Town Reserves in SSMFL Reserve Division South & East on Saturday, October 24.

Langford: Marco De Lauri, Stephen Brooks, Ross Scotney, Allie Jaward, Karl Dean, David McGuinness, Ryan Nicholl (capt), Connor Waite, Nathan Mallet, Matt kenneford, Gareth Hunt.

Subs; George McMillan, Sam Evans, Josh Wilsun (all used).