Amateur fall foul to second-half Winterton goals in defeat

Yorkshire Amateur couldn’t keep Winterton off target despite the hosts’ missed penalty, Ammers beaten 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at The MKM Stadium.

[Photo – Sean Chandler]

Adam Fowler laced the ball through Nathan Popple’s legs for the opener in the NCEL Premier tie, before Paul Grimes’ missed penalty continued the visitors’ lead.

Josh Walker’s 18 goals this season were added to with a simple finish from a yard out at the far post, backed-up by goals from Ryan Douglas, Jaime Ture, Stephen Ridley from the spot and
Matthew Allison.

Amateur made one change to the starting line-up from Wednesday, TJ Kongolo replacing the injured Alfie Gibbon.

Fermin Fernandez, Jamal Stewart and Saf Rahman rejoined the squad, from the bench.

Birama Diallo’s pace immediately caused problems to the hosts, the right-wing back racing first outside and then in, to Winterton’s half.

Diallo’s misplaced pass infield was recovered by Ammers through their press, Juwara passing the loose ball, first-time, to Newton Conde on the opposite side for his turn to run.

His constant shifting of his weight created space for a cross by the far touchline, almost returning the ball to Juwara to finish centrally but the shot is blocked.

Winterton found success down the same side, Barthram making it to the edge of the box to shoot low, across goal and wide.

During the time Harris was still arguing the offside call against him, Sam Aynsley countered down Winterton’s right, resulting in a delivery to the far post which evaded any attacker.

The hardest chance of the opening fifteen minutes came from Josh Walker with his back to goal, flicking the ball goalwards, asking Ford to dive to cover his goal but watching the ball bounce wide of his left-hand post.

Conde’s run and then pass was more accurate on this occasion, putting Adam Fowler behind the Rangers’ defence but the latter’s delivery was poor, to the first defender.

He made up for it with the opening goal, however, firing low through Nathan Popple’s legs, from inside the box.

Harris held the ball up and with his back to goal, passed left, to Ammers’ right, into Fox. The midfielder poked the ball forward into Fowler who, despite being forced wide left, drilled a shot across the ground, through Popple’s leg

Winterton’s opportunity to equalise, from the spot, came just two minutes later.

Kongolo’s late challenge during a Winterton counter-attack gave Paul Grimes the chance to level.

He chose power, regrettably, the ball smashing against the bar and away.

And they were denied by the woodwork a second time in two minutes, Josh Walker one-one-on, placing against the near right-hand post.

Josh Walker couldn’t be denied from a yard out on 35 minutes, a lot to thank Aynsley for.

The advanced full-back’s cross into the centre ran all the way through to the back post and Walker to simply pass into goal.

Dan Walker then set-up his namesake Josh with a reverse pass behind the Ammers’ defence.

The forward was forced into a tight angle inside the right of the box, by the retreating defenders, smashing his shot over the bar.

Dan Walker had a golden opportunity to give Winterton the lead from central inside the box but he aimed completely wrong, high and wide.

Harris’ hold-up play allowed him to switch the ball right, across the edge of Winterton’s area, into Juwara for a first-time placed effort, curling away from goal.

Aynsley looked for a second assist, again from a cross, putting too much pace on the delivery for Dan Walker to reach, attacking the far post.

Harris’ arrowed effort across goal, palmed away by Popple, was the result of a two-part brilliance of accurate passing from Ammers. Firstly from Ford from his own box and into Fox in Winterton’s half. Secondly by Wilkinson, receiving it from Fox, switching play from right to left and to Harris.

Winterton took the lead two minutes into the second-half through Ryan Douglas’ header from Dan Walker’s corner.

The cross from the left was headed under the bar by Douglas in the centre of the box.

Stephen Ridley’s deeper cross narrowly missed the head of both Winterton goal scorers, a free-kick swung towards goal.

A quiet fifteen minutes to follow was eventually livened up by Jack Varley’s fast feet. He worked a shooting effort amidst several Ammers’ defenders pressing, curling a right-footed effort inches wide of the far, right-hand post with just over twenty minutes remaining.

There was a larger gap in the scoreline with time edging into the final fifteen, Winterton’s third finished by Jaime Ture.

Ture stretched to beat Fox to a bouncing ball on the edge of Ammers’ box, poking it ahead of himself before placing the ball under Ford at the near right-hand post.

There was a second Winterton penalty inside the final ten minutes and a change of taker, Stephen Ridley designated on this occasion.

Placement was the decision this time, correctly, the ball put beyond the fully stretched Ford and into the top, left-hand corner.

Matthew Allison added the fifth and final goal, with a header from only yards out, five minutes before the full-time whistle.

Knaresborough Town are the visitors to The Southerns Stadium in the NCEL Premier next Saturday, kick-off at 3pm.