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HANWORTH VILLA v ASCOT UNITED

Saturday 26th September 2020 @ 3 pm
Combined Counties Premier Division

Today’s visitors, Ascot United, were top of league when the season was abandoned last term and, at the time of this visit were sitting at the top again, so we were expecting a very stern challenge. The boys were up to the challenge however, and a good all round performance earned us an excellent 3 points against one of the leagues fancied sides.

“The Yellowmen” are a side full of big guys and directly from the kick off it was obvious that they planned to capitalise on this by playing a direct game designed to put pressure on our defence. As it turned out our backline were more than up to the task. The usuals, Jamie, Guy and Bryant were joined by new signing Joe Morrison and, as a group, they dealt with the early threat enabling the rest of the lads to settle down and start imposing our style on the game.

We started to create a number of promising attacks and in the 20th minute we got our breakthrough, the ever busy Brandon Barzey coolly finishing off a lovely passing move by rounding the keeper before rolling the ball home. The goal was greeted by a fantastic cheer from the home fans who are rapidly warming to the new style of football we are trying to play.

We continued to press for the remainder of the half but the swirling wind into our faces ensured that Ascot always posed a threat, but with Jamie Throughgood bellowing out instructions we safely reached the break in front.

After such an assured 1st half I’m pretty sure that the half time words of wisdom were “more of the same lads” and so it proved as we doubled our lead within 5 minutes of the restart. Scottie Walker, making his first start of the season, picked out Sam Mersons run with a fine pass and Sam did what he does with a great first time finish across the keeper into the bottom corner. 2 nil and we were in charge of the game.

Brandon Barzey, who was having another very good game, almost scored his 2nd of the game in the 75th minute, hitting the crossbar with a long range effort. He wasn’t to be denied long though. With the clock running down a clearance by the Ascot keeper was charged down and the ball fell nicely for Brandon to tap home. 3 nil a lovely result.

The difficult games keep coming and on Tuesday night we are home again, this time to Egham Town. Kick off 7.45. Please remember that we will be strictly following the COVID guidelines which, unfortunately, include having to close the clubhouse at 10pm.