Brampton 2-1 Comberton United
The home side were seeking revenge for a 2-0 defeat a couple of weeks previously on a sticky and smaller pitch than the one at Thrapston Road. Comberton, strengthened by several ex-Hardwick players had been creeping up the Premier Division table of late and were looking to add insult to injury.
Well, it proved a fine start for the home side, who were still missing influential players including keeper Jordan Porter who has been immense this season. Just five minutes into the game Alex Shepherd, pushed a ball out to Ollie Vale playing on the left wing who in turn crossed with precision for the unmarked Martin Turner to pick his spot and head home.
Comberton proved to be aggressive and play went from end to end without success for either side until towards the end of the half Ollie Day, deputising in the Brampton goal brought down a Comberton forward who had breached the defence, right on the edge of the box. Day was cautioned and the subsequent penalty evaded his dive to the right to level the score. 1-1 at the break.
The game had really just got going again when Jack Miles got free on the right and let one go, beating the keeper from 25 yards and giving Brampton the lead which they maintained until the finish. However they went down to ten men after 60 minutes when Cavan King was judged to have handled and given a second yellow card and the home side’s ten men not only held on until the end but actually enjoyed the better of the game. Man of the Match, Alex Shepherd together with midfield partners Sam Miles and Gareth Owens were convincing in midfield and youngster Jordan Locke coming up from the reserve side had an excellent game at right back.
Manager Wayne Ambler was pleased with the way his team, particularly the back four had performed and the result which set them climbing the table again instead of going the other way. Teams are really close this season and Ambler believes, given a full squad, that Brampton can still finish well.
MoM Alex Shepherd