ASCOT UNITED V HANWORTH VILLA
Saturday 25th January 2020
Combined Counties Premier Division
KO 3pm @ Ascot Racecourse, Car Park 7&8
off A330 Winkfield Road, Ascot SL5 7LJ
Villa lineup:- Terry Buss, Craig Tanner⇓85, Jim Fenlon, Louis Taylor, Jamie Thoroughgood,
Samra Gagan⇓45, Sid Dack, Bruno Tingle, Meshach Williams, Scott Walker⇓85, Dan Summers⇓85
Substitutes:- Jason Dwumfuo⇑45, Liam Garlinge, Dan Oluwatimilehim⇑85, Santiago Navarro⇑85
Villa Scorers:- Scott Walker, Meshach Williams, OG
Yellow Cards:- Jim Fenlon, Dan Summers
Our first ever visit to the Racecourse ground, home of current league leaders Ascot United. In our first meeting, earlier this season at the Ranch, our hosts snatched a late equaliser courtesy of a contentious penalty and, with their current run of good form were confident of taking the spoils from this game too. We, however, are a different side under our new management team and our performances in the last 3 games gave us the confidence to believe that we to could get something from the match.
The 1st half was a hard fought 45 minutes, with both sides giving their all. Ascot shaded the possession stats and although they created 2 or 3 chances their finishing didn’t cause Bussy any problems in the goal. We also had a number of chances, Scotty Walker going closest to scoring with two long range shots that flew just wide. Goal less at the break.
During the break, Simon and Paul, decided that a change was required to our shape so they replaced Sammi Gagan with Jason Dwumfuo with the aim of giving us more of a forward press which in turn would restrict the number of crosses that Ascot had managed to get into the box in the opening 45.
The change worked. Our defense had looked tight in the 1st half but now they looked unbeatable. Jim, Louis and Craig, marshaled by Captain Jamie Thoroughgood were all fantastic giving the physical Ascot forwards no space at all. We also started to gain more of the ball in advance positions and 15 minutes in we opened the scoring when Scottie Walker fired home, low past the keeper, from the edge of the box.
5 minutes later Meshach Williams sparked wild celebrations on our bench when he raced between two defenders to slip the ball past the advancing keeper. 2 nil. With news of the sides around us also leading it was just what we needed.
As the clock ticked on Ascot started to show why they have headed the table for so much of the season, and they started to apply pressure in an attempt to save the game. With 5 to go they pulled a goal back. For the first time in the game we failed to deal with a corner and Richardson fired home at the back post. 2-1 game on.
That goal would have lead to all sorts of problems for our side before Christmas but they have a different attitude now. Instead of caving the boys went back onto the front foot and with a minute to go Dan Oluwatimilehim, on for Dan Summers a minute earlier, used his power to beat a defender and carry into the box. His pull back for Meshach was intercepted by a sliding Ascot defender and, luckily for us, diverted past the keeper. 3-1 and a very important win.
Well deserved lads. Lets back it up on Tuesday when we entertain Colliers Wood United at the Ranch. 7.45 kick off.