Ashton & Backwell away day woes continue

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 04 October 2017

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Ashton & Backwell slipped to their fifth away defeat of the season at Radstock Town.

Radstock Town 3

Ashton & Backwell 0

It was another disappointing day on the road for Ashton & Backwell as they slipped to their fifth away defeat of the season.

The visitors defended well in the first half, denying Radstock any clear-cut chances, while Backwell had chances through Conor Biggins, Allen, Read and McCormack.

When the game was limping to a half time stalemate, the Stags’ defence were found wanting when Radstock netted in the second minute of time added on.

The Stags came out in determined manner after the break and within two minutes, Allen’s free kick was met by Read’s head, forcing the keeper into a great save, with his follow-up shot going wide with Skidmore better placed.

A minute later, Walker, Allen and Biggins combined to great effect, but all the good work was undone when Bishop, who had otherwise been decisive in both attack and defence, sent a casual header back to Coombes which was intercepted by Radstock to double their lead.

As Backwell pressed to get back into the contest, they were further undone in the 75th minute when Radstock’s Rustell netted the third goal.

Team: Coombes, Bishop (Hemmings), Read, McCormack, Walker, Saunders, Thomas, Hardidge (Higginson), Allen, Connor Biggins (Callum Biggins), Skidmore.

This Friday sees the start of the annual Toolstation Western League ground hopper weekend and Ashton & Backwell have been chosen to host the opening fixture against local rivals, Bishop Sutton (7.45pm).

Several hundred supporters (ground hoppers) from all around the country descend into the West Country to take in seven Western League fixtures over the weekend, for many of whom it will be their first visit to the Lancer Scott Stadium, Backwell. Chairman Jim Biggins said: “The players are looking forward to playing in front of a large crowd and we welcome the extra revenue the event will bring. We ask everyone to arrive early as it will be a busy one with an anticipated crowd five or six times more than our average attendance.”

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