Brampton miss out on Premier Division KO Cup final, but boss Wayne Ambler is eyeing a county crown

Simon Linnell (right) put himself on to hit the winner for Brampton. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Simon Linnell (right) put himself on to hit the winner for Brampton. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Wayne Ambler wants his Brampton players to make up for the disappointment of missing out on a cup final last Saturday by winning another trophy.

The local lads went down 2-0 to table-toppers Great Shelford in the Cambs League’s Kershaw Premier Division KO Cup competition after being denied by the woodwork on three occasions.

The first two of those instances arrived just seconds apart as Brampton were denied a breakthrough in the first half.

Gareth Owens’ free-kick was parried onto the inside of a post before George Cresswell headed the rebound against the underside of the bar.

But Brampton were punished for conceding twice in the space of 10 second-half minutes before Owens guided another classy set-piece against an upright.

Ambler said: “Great Shelford are a good, experienced team who will probably go on to win the Premier Division and two cups.

“We ran them very close and had we managed to get the first goal it may have been different, but hats off to them as they are the best side in the league. Hopefully our day will come next week.”

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Brampton face Peterborough & District League side Warboys Town in the Hunts Intermediate Cup showpiece at Godmanchester Rovers next Wednesday, March 16.

And, having been pipped in the same final last term by Stilton, Ambler is doubly determined to lift the trophy this time around.

“I’m desperate for the lads to win it,” he added. “The majority of the squad is still the same as last season and hopefully we can make sure there is a different outcome this time.

“The players deserve some silverware for the hard work they’ve put in lately. We’re climbing the league and with eight of our last 11 games at home, we’re hoping to keep that going.”