Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Downton v Amesbury Town 02/04/19

Downton 0 Amesbury Town 0

This was a typical local derby with no shortage of effort from either side. At the end of a goalless game you suspect that both sides were happy to share the points. Promotion chasing Amesbury were able to extend their unbeaten run going back to mid-January and did well to survive a first half where they were second best for much of the time.

Downton were quicker out of the blocks but it took 10 minutes to fashion the first chance when a long range shot by skipper, Craig Tyson was comfortably collected by Amesbury keeper, Paddy Creese. This finally spurred Amesbury into action and a left wing cross from Jordan Matthews and header at the far post by Tom Hogan was scrambled away at the expense of a corner.

Chances came and went at either end – Downton’s Harry Crisp had a snap shot blocked on 20 minutes then Hogan was just wide for the away side. The nearest either side came to scoring came at the half way mark when a Tyson shot struck the bar and rebounded into play.

Matthews was a continual threat to Downton and just before the end of the half he had two chances which were thwarted by Downton keeper Rhys Evans. First he was fed in by Kieran Stephens but his shot was saved by the keeper’s feet. Then he cut inside his full back and unleashed a low shot that was beaten away by Evans. H.T. 0-0

If there were plenty of chances in the first half, the early part of the second was devoid of shots on goal. The match finally came alive midway though the half when Crisp fired over for the Robins. Again Amesbury reacted but Matthews was high with a long range effort.

The nearest either side came to scoring in the second was a Ben Smith header from a Declan McGregor cross which was just over the bar. Matthews was again the main threat for Amesbury and shortly after he had a good chance to score but his effort was saved by an onrushing Evans.

Several players had been running a fine disciplinary line and finally with 6 minutes to go, Amesbury’s Tyler Brockway was given a second yellow for clumsy tackle. However Amesbury made light of the numerical disadvantage to finish the stronger with Matthews shooting over in stoppage time with the final chance of the game. H.T. 0-0 (Roger Allen)