Encouraging start to pre-season as Ambergate draw with Prims

Ambergate began their pre-season fixtures with an encouraging draw at East Midlands Counties side Graham Street Prims.

Prims began the game with a very youthful side but had a spine of experienced first-team players which meant the game would be a tough one on the large pitch at the Raygar Arena.

However, Ambergate adapted well as both teams looked to play some good football.

Prims started the game on the front foot and had a couple of opportunities but these were snuffed out by the Ambergate defence.

That was until the deadlock was broken on 20 minutes when Arron Wright hit a half volley from 25 yards past Richard Parker in the Ambergate goal.

This did not seem to affect Ambergate as they continued to push forward with the main threat coming from Craig Tipton, Adi Knight and Sam Barsby.

Minutes later Tipton forced the Prims keeper into a save low to his left and Knight saw his close range header from a corner go narrowly over.

Ambergate came close again from another corner as the ball fell to Mitch Rowley and his shot came off the outside of the post and went behind.

Prims should have doubled their lead as they broke away with three-on-one but Marc Sargeant managed to get back in time and put in a last ditch tackle.

Ambergate changed the formation at half-time to 3-5-2 and this seemed to give them further confidence in the midfield area.

A couple of times Ambergate went close with half chances before Sam Pearson was found free down the right hand side and his clipped shot at goal was tipped to safety by Valter Marques in the Prims goal.

Ambergate eventually managed to get their goal after 75 minutes. A chipped ball over the Prims defence found Josh Squires one on one with Marques who rounded him and rolled the ball into the empty net.

A couple more half chances were created before the final whistle but Ambergate came away very pleased with their efforts in their first pre season outing.