AMESBURY kept up their title quest in the Wessex League Division One with a hard fought 2-0 win over visiting Downton.

Although the positions in the league table would indicate a relatively easy home fixture for the Blues, local derbies always prove that nothing should be taken for granted.

Danny Finnigan opened the scoring for the Blues with a neat overhead flick and captain Jack Vallis continued his recent goal scoring form with yet another strike to seal the points.

Amesbury manager Dave Coker said: "The 2-0 scoreline was most definitely the positive result we needed but Downton are a young side who certainly showed that if given the opportunity then they will in time compete very well in the Wessex League."

The Blues home crowd was again over 100 with the crowd of 128 spectators showing some fantastic local support and Coker added: "I must say a big thank you from the club and players for the Blues fans continued support."

Downton boss Ben Smith said: "We played some excellent football and stood strong for most of the game.

"Laurance Larbi stepped in at right back and deservingly received our mom. But to be fair there were outstanding performances all round.

New signing TJ Moseley led the line superbly but just could not find the vital finish. New keeper Tom Edmonds also proved a great signing with some solid saves and very vocal."

He added : "Myself and Rich Rendall both came away scratching our heads but we will take plenty of positives from the game and all credit to Dave Coker’s side as they are in great from and I’m sure will be up at the top near the end.

This Saturday, Amesbury are away at New Milton, while Downton are at home to Folland Sports.