Gallery: Foxton whittled out of it

PUBLISHED: 11:33 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

Coming away with the ball

Coming away with the ball

Foxton 2 Whittlesford 3 FOXTON'S push for promotion suffered a setback on Saturday as they lost for the first time in six games. The match started well for the home side and on another day they could have found themselves two goals ahead early on but the

Foxton 2 Whittlesford 3

FOXTON'S push for promotion suffered a setback on Saturday as they lost for the first time in six games.

The match started well for the home side and on another day they could have found themselves two goals ahead early on but the impressive Adam Fields failed to convert the chances that fell his way.

Firstly he lost his footing after finding himself in a one-on-one situation with the Whittlesford goalkeeper and soon after hit a decent effort which went just wide of the post.

The game began to level out as the half progressed with Whittlesford making the Foxton defence work hard with a few corners and breakaway chances, and it was from one of these opportunities that the visitors took the lead.

A clever through ball to Turner was finished off just as intelligently when the striker sprang upon the ball and hit home a 20-yard low drive with his right peg.

Foxton soon had a chance to level the game when a Fields corner was met by the unchallenged Stuart Ogilvie but his header went the wrong side of the back post.

Andy Cambridge's side soon went two behind and this time it was a Tobhino free kick which did the damage.

The curling set piece beat everybody in the box before hitting the post and falling to the unmarked Ansell who slammed it home from a couple of yards.

Foxton kept going and were unlucky not to pull a goal back before half time when Matt Hayden found himself through after a clever piece of control but this time a last ditch tackle took the chance away.

Foxton came out brighter in the second half and began by putting the Whittlesford's defence firmly on the back foot with some good attacking play.

Ten minutes into the half they pulled a goal back through Conrad Wellstead who calmly slotted home after a good chest down by Fields from a Hayden cross.

Still on top Foxton should have equalised soon after but this time Duncan Handscombe could only head over the bar from close range following another cross by Fields.

Eventually the hosts did pull level when Hayden scored from the spot after a late tackle on Fields just as he was about to have a shot at goal.

Having worked hard to get level Foxton were dealt a sever blow when Chris Aristo was sent off for receiving a second yellow card.

He had previously been in the book for a foul and was given his marching orders in the second half for deliberately handling the ball in the middle of the field.

This gave Whittlesford the lift they needed as they too went in search of the winning goal and on a couple of occasions they went close enough to make the Foxton keeper work.

Approaching the last five minutes Whittlesford had a corner.

The ball was crossed in and after a goalmouth it struck the unfortunate Ed Ranner on the arm from close range.

The whistle blew for a penalty and Ansell hit the ball home at the second attempt, having been told to re-take an earlier effort which was ruled out because one his teammates was in the box when he struck the ball.

Foxton missed another half-chance very late on and Jamie Chamberlain made a good save in the last minute for Foxton to keep the scores at 3-2.

Speaking after the match, Andy Cambridge said: "To come away from this game without a point was very harsh on us as we played well enough and had some very good chances and a fair bit of possession especially in the second half.

"However we can take many positives from the game so roll on next week and hopefully we can put things right."

Next up for Andy Cambridge's team is an away game at second-from-bottom Castle Camps this Saturday.

Foxton: Aristodimou, J Chamberlain, D Chamberlain, Fields, Handscombe, Hayden, Lawrence, Margiotta, Ogilvie (Tokley), Ranner, Wellstead (Hoggarth).

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