Ambergate lose at home for first time

Ambergate 0

Ilkeston Rutland 5

Ambergate lost their first home game of the season and fell to a second successive cup defeat as they were beaten by Ilkeston Rutland in the quarter final of the DCFA Junior Cup.

The game started well for Ambergate as they dominated the first quarter of the game. Josh Squires was causing problems in a free role and decent play was coming from both wings.

The first real chance fell to Tom Aston but his shot was blocked.

However, the game turned on 20 minutes after Ilkeston won a corner following their first real venture into the Ambergate half. The corner came over and struck Richard Tomlinson on the arm and the referee blew for what Ambergate felt was a harsh penalty, tucked away in the bottom corner.

Five minutes later, Ilkeston doubled their lead after a mix-up at the back. A looping ball was attempted to be headed back to goalkeeper Adam Bannister by Jody Waldron but he misjudged it and headed over Bannister to an Ilkeston striker who tapped into an empty goal.

This put Ambergate on the back foot and just before half-time Ilkeston grabbed their third. Ambergate lost possession in the left wing area and the resultant cross was headed straight to an Ilkeston midfielder who struck the ball low into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The second half started the same as the first with Ambergate looking better in possession again but struggling to create any chances for Richard Clark and Josh Squires.

Ilkeston got the fourth goal of the game on 70 minutes. Their winger cut in from the right onto his left foot and drilled the ball into the top corner, giving Bannister no chance.

Bannister made two good saves to keep the score down but, with ten minutes left, Ilkeston got their fifth goal.

A through ball from midfield split the Ambergate defence and the forward placed the ball home from eight yards.

Ambergate’s best chance came in the dying minutes as Richard Clark found space in the box but his shot went over the bar.

Ambergate can now concentrate on the league games, starting with the local derby at The Manor Ground, Park Road, Belper, against Bargate Rovers Reserves this Saturday (2pm kick off).