Ashton & Backwell lose against 10-man Cheddar

PUBLISHED: 10:29 03 October 2018

Ashton & Backwell FC.

Ashton & Backwell FC.

Ashton & Backwell were beaten 3-2 by 10-man Cheddar at the Lancer Scott Stadium.

Ashton & Backwell 2

Cheddar 3

A much changed Stags line-up faced a top six side in Cheddar on a beautiful autumn afternoon at the Lancer Scott Stadium.

For the first half of the game the home side matched that beauty as they passed the ball, moved at pace, were resolute in defence and had the secure hands of stand-in keeper Ryan Clarke.

Indeed they could have taken the lead on nine minutes when Harry Walker cut inside and from the edge of the box curled a shot that just missed the top corner of Jackson’s goal. Townsend was equally as busy on the other flank, teasing the Cheesemen’s defence.

Cheddar were not without danger, though and Bennett’s shot was only kept out by Thomas’ boot on the goalline. The ball bounced out to Wright who cut into the penalty area and scored the opening goal.

The Stags responded at once, Flower entering the away box at pace and forcing Jackson to rush out to smother the ball. This seemed to rattle the Cheddar defence and the home side were awarded a penalty after Jarrett was knocked to the ground.

Up stepped Calum Townsend to slot home from the spot for the equaliser on 23 minutes. Ten minutes later and Townsend himself was felled for another penalty award. The same player dusted himself down and thumped the penalty home for his and Stags’ second.

The Cheesemen were behind, but not down. Jones had several chances before full-back King, who had already received a yellow card for kicking the ball away received a second yellow for a foul.

Despite being one man down, the visitors equalised immediately after the break. The Stags’ defence waited for the offside flag that never came and Wright was through to score unchallenged.

That set the tone for the half, a home side devoid of ideas, seemingly unable to take any advantage of the extra man.

The hosts had Clarke to thank for keeping the score respectable. He made great saves from Wright and Bennett, but could not deny the former his hat-trick on 77 minutes.

A minute later a mistake by Bishop put Wright through again, but Clarke was not to be beaten on this occasion.

It is never good to report on a home defeat with the goalkeeper as the man of the match, but the poverty of the second half performance can be shown by the fact that a Connor Saunders shot from a Jarrett/Elson move was the only one on target from the Stags in the half.

Picture: Jo Shepherd, Backwell Camera Club.

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