AMESBURY remained top of the Wessex League Division One after a hard fought 1-1 draw with visiting third placed side Hythe and Dibden.

The first half was fairly even but the better chances fell to Hythe, who deservedly went ahead in the game on 20 minutes from Wayne O'Dell after some great one touch play.

The Blues managed to keep themselves in the game with some great defending from their entire back four and midfield.

The home side managed to equalise as captain Jack Vallis scored his first Amesbury goal with a big header just before half time.

It finished 1-1 which was probably a fair result but the Blues did have three good chances to win the game late on.

After the game Amesbury manager Dave Coker said: "It was an excellent game played by two good sides who should both be up there come the end of the season."

Both managers were in total agreement that yet again there was poor decision making from the match official throughout the game as the game seemed to be stopped at every opportunity but for no apparent reason.

This level of football is quite physical and there is a fine line, but sadly this was a poor display from the middle.

Amesbury are next in action on Saturday away at mid table Whitchurch United.