Ashton & Backwell slip to fifth consecutive defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:57 15 March 2017

The rotary club will be fundraising at Ashton Gate tonight (Tuesday).

The rotary club will be fundraising at Ashton Gate tonight (Tuesday).

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Ashton & Backwell slipped to their fifth consecutive defeat at the hands of Devizes Town.

Devizes Town 1

Ashton & Backwell Utd 0

Ashton & Backwell United slipped to eighth place following their fifth consecutive defeat at the hands Devizes and, worryingly, 462 minutes since their last goal.

Backwell centre-half Aaron Read, who scored a hat-trick of headers against Warminster, again looked their best goal threat. Man of the match Read placed two headers wide from Saunder’s dangerous corners in the opening 10 minutes, he then saw his third powerful goalbound header cleared off the line.

This was Backwell’s best spell of the game, Sam Thomas started a five-man move and Aaron Allen forced a good save from Matthews in the home goal. In the 21st minute, young Backwell midfielder Sol Shearer injured himself as he landed awkwardly challenging for a header.

An ambulance turned up quickly to treat Sol, took him to hospital for x-rays which revealed a broken collar bone. We wish Sol a speedy recovery and hope to see the midfielder back in action soon.

Dangerous Devizes striker Mitchell latched onto a loose ball 22 yards out, hit a great shot that Thomas just managed to get a foot in the way to deflect onto the crossbar.

Mitchell then spurned a good opportunity and just before the break, he beat Backwell keeper Lewis Coombes as the defence waited for the offside flag to be raised, but Read cleared the danger.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half was fairly even, with Allen had shots for Backwell, but never tested the keeper.

The hosts took the lead on 72 minutes with a moment of true quality from midfielder Jake Roberts, who was given far too much space. His strike from 25 yards gave Coombes no chance as the ball rocketed in the top corner of the net.

Backwell pushed bodies forward in search of an equaliser without threatening the Devizes goal and twice got caught on the break in the dying minutes. Man of the match Aaron Read.

The club is hoping for a bumper crowd this Saturday, as they welcome top of the table Cheddar in a local derby (3pm), sponsored by Ashton Boys FC, who will provide pre-match entertainment with a small sided game and mascots.

Team: Coombes, Maine (Hardidge), Read, Crouch, Bishop, Thomas, Shearer (Connor Saunders) Aaron Allen, Uppington (Biggins), George Saunders, Skidmore.

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