Collins stars in Town win

PUBLISHED: 11:12 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:27 06 May 2010

Spartan South Midlands Division One Ampthill Town 0 Harpenden Town 4 HARPENDEN Town recorded their third away win in the League with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Ampthill Town. This was also a third clean sheet in a row for goalkeeper Charlie Collins

Spartan South Midlands Division One

Ampthill Town 0 Harpenden Town 4

HARPENDEN Town recorded their third away win in the League with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Ampthill Town.

This was also a third clean sheet in a row for goalkeeper Charlie Collins who was outstanding all game, particularly in the second half when Ampthill applied copious amounts of pressure in pursuit of a result.

Town could quite easily have wrapped the game up within 10 minutes of the kick off after a sustained period of domination saw Nathan Dawes, Joe Burgess, Danny Jeffries and Jimmy Warner all go close with individual attempts.

With the pace of forwards Warner and Joe Burgess troubling the Ampthill defence, it was fitting that these two players combined to open the scoring.

After 15 minutes Burgess latched onto a cross field ball driven behind the Ampthill left back and showed great skill to pick out his attacking partner at the back post. His perfect cross was thumped home by Warner to take a one-goal lead.

This was nothing more than Town deserved having taken the game to the home side in the opening exchanges.

Having gone in at half time only 1-0 up, with Harpenden failing to capitalise on further periods of possession, it was Ampthill that started the second half looking the more likely to score.

During the opening exchanges it was only the excellent goalkeeping of Collins and the inability of the Ampthill strikers to put away their chances that kept Harpenden in the lead.

Once Harpenden regrouped they were again in the ascendancy and after 60 minutes Jeffries' perfectly flighted corner allowed Joe Burgess to head into the roof of the net.

Collins was again called on to make a brave save at the feet of Ampthill's striker and was involved again shortly after in the build up to Harpenden's third goal when his long goal kick was nodded on by Warner and Keenleyside ran through the defence to slot the ball in at the near post.

The final goal came with only five minutes remaining.

Keenleyside and Joe Burgess exchanged passes resulting in a hard low cross being delivered by Keenleyside to the near post where Jeffries squeezed the ball home.

Harpenden Town line up again this Friday evening with the next round of the FA Vase away to Hadley at Potters Bar.

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