Ammers empty-handed in hunt of The Zebras

Yorkshire Amateur finished second best as they crossed Brigg Town, defeated 2-1 in the NCEL Division One on Saturday afternoon.

Amari Smith’s strike proved as a consolation in their hunt for victory at The Southerns Stadium against The Zebras. Ammers hindered themselves initially via an own goal before Fisher added the visitors’ second.

There was a senior debut for academy graduate Monroe Sternberg, a monument for the club, introduced as a second-half substitute.

Sternberg began on the bench as Ali Tunkara and Yasen Omar started as the two changes from last Saturday’s victory.

The Zebras stamped an early authority on the game with the opener inside the sixth minute. An own goal, glanced off of the challenging Tunkara’s head at the near post, diverted into Suruwa Bojan’s top right-hand corner.

Reggie Waud, former Ammer, made sure to make noise on his return to The Southerns Stadium, that of the ball rebounding of the post from a tight angle from the right.

Brigg’s success direct had a lot to do with Waud, the latest attempt shortly after 10 minutes, flicked on instead by Lucas Robinson, then into Waud. The recipient sent the ball out to the wide receiver on the right, delivered back to the forward at the far post who teed himself up with his chest, a half-volley at goal saved by Bojan.

Waud’s flick to Martin Pembleton wide to Brigg’s right quickly found itself back in the box, won in the air by Kadeem Morton to clear from the far post.

Mossolo’s frustration possibly went unseen by his teammates, wide-left, following his commitment to the Ammers counterattack, having already been bypassed by Omar, the attacking midfielder instead hitting an overweight pass ahead of Korbel on the opposite side.

Waud, reverted back as a winger temporarily, wide-right, connects with a direct ball, turning to advance to the box. His low cross is cut back to Jack Boswell on the edge, hit over just as the half was called time on.

Ammers began the second-half with more force, Amari Smith hitting the near post, being put through one-on-one down the left channel of the box.

But Brigg’s intent meant it took just once chance for them to extend their lead, Waud involved again on 55 minutes. The target-man hooked a free-kick into the box, the initial delivery curling away from goal, met by Waud. The pass into Fisher, with a teammate waiting behind, was allowed time for the full-back to control the ball and volley into Bojan’s bottom left corner.

With Ammers appealing a ghost goal, claiming the ball crossed the line, Jake Boyd was sinbinned for his protests on 60 minutes.

Waud’s free header at the back post following a corner from the right, was an easy catch for Bojan.

On his return to the field, Boyd shielded the ball to his ‘keeper despite the efforts of Dec Bacon to get round him, teed up by teammate Waud through the middle.

Amari Smith eventually added an Ammers consolation on 83 minutes. The winger was played one-on-one, down the right-hand channel, placing the ball across goal, across the turf inside the box, in off the inside of the post.

Boyd was made a makeshift striker for Ammers’ final ten minutes, their own directness successfully backing up Brigg deep into their own half. Brigg countered down the right through Ben Valquez, cutting inside onto his left, tipped wide of the far post.

Ammers’ threat forced Fisher to head behind Brigg’s goal, a cross aimed to the far post but that was as close as Ammers came to an equaliser.

Another home fixture follows for Ammers, Worsbrough Bridge visiting on Saturday 21st October, 3pm kick-off.

Tickets for Worsbrough: Adults – £6, Concessions – £4, U16s – £3