Winning start for Ashton & Backwell United

PUBLISHED: 17:54 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:54 07 August 2018

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Ashton & Backwell United made a winning start to the Toolstation League season with victory at Wells City.

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The Stags opened their league season at Wells on a day more suitable for cricket than Toolstation action.

With the temperature in the eighties, a firm pitch, though plenty green enough, and a number of players unavailable, it was an unfamiliar team, with stand-in skipper Joe Bishop and featuring debutants Saul Jarret and Callum Townsend.

The home side missed a great chance on six minutes, a corner finding Davidson, his quick pass to Stiles left him unmarked in the box, but fortunately for the Stags his shot rebounded off the post.

Two minutes later, Uppington found Jarrett on the edge of the box, he controlled and shot, only Spence’s intervention denied the first goal. That came in the 16th minute with Flower’s great cross finding Hepper in the box and his strike giving the visitors the lead.

The lead did not last long and the equaliser was scored in cruel fashion when Bayliss’ low corner was deflected onto the back of Hardidge’s legs to beat Coombes.

Uppington’s bicycle kick after a great Stags passing movement and a Townsend shot deflected for a corner were the visitors’ stand-out movements in the rest of the half, while Coombes in the away goal kept the scores even at the break.

It was the visitors who re-took the lead seven minutes after the restart. From a Walker corner, Bishop headed the ball over the line from close range.

Whenever Townsend had the ball, the City goal was in danger and in the 63rd minute, his 30-yard effort was deflected for a corner, while another attempt went close.

The Stags nearly threw their lead away when they allowed Davidson to stroll past the defence with the goal at his mercy, only for him to shoot wide.

It was a great team effort to start the season with a win, with Miles Hardidge being awarded the man of the match.

Team: Coombes, Devoy, Walker (Callaghan 69), Biggins, Bishop (c), Ellis, Hardidge, Flower, Uppington (Radnedge 78), Hepper (Townsend), Jarrett.

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