Ashton & Backwell held to a draw in dour contest

PUBLISHED: 10:18 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 13 December 2017

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Ashton & Backwell were held to a dour draw against Welton Rovers, with defences of both sides on top.

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Ashton & Backwell and visitors Welton Rovers played out a dour contest in which the defences of both sides were on top.

For the Stags, there was again a plethora of absentees. Bishop moved to centre of defence, while Hardidge and Hemmings took the central midfield role, the latter receiving the man of the match accolade.

Indeed his were the only shots of the first-half for the visitors, one on six minutes going over from a Hardidge/Skidmore move and a 16th minute free kick.

After an interval reorganisation, Skidmore and substitute Paul Uppington led the line up front with support from Walker and Flower. Their more aggressive attack put the Welton defence under pressure.

This paid dividends on 51 minutes, Flower taking the ball to the goal line and his cross got the slightest of touches from Uppington to steer it in at the near post.

Welton hit back immediately, with a cross into the box finding the head of the shortest man of the pitch, an unmarked Green, who nodded home the equaliser.

Chances fell to both sides, with Skidmore and Hemmings going close for the home side. At the other end, keeper Justin had a good game and was backed up by the defence of Sollars, Bishop, skipper Crouch and Devoy.

The next Stags action is a Toolstation Western League Division 1 match away to Bishops Lydeard on Saturday.

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