Injury time heartache for Ashton & Backwell

PUBLISHED: 14:44 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 12 April 2017

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A goal six minutes into extra time denied Ashton & Backwell all three points against Hengrove Athletic.

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It was injury time heartache for Ashton & Backwell as top of the table Hengrove snatched a scrappy equaliser in the last seconds of the game to share the points and keep Hengrove in the hunt for promotion.

The hard, bouncy pitch meant it was never a game for the purist, but it was an intriguing battle between two good, well organised sides determined to give nothing away.

Backwell had more possession early on, but could not break down a solid home defence, before Hengrove tested the Stags but could not get past man of the match Aaron Read, clearly the best player on the pitch.

Lewis Coombes pulled off a magnificent save from Fear and White’s subsequent inswinging corner clipped the crossbar, while Skidmore and Allen went close for the home side.

Backwell took the lead on the 50th minute following a probing 30-yard pass from skipper Sam Thomas who found Jake Flower on the edge of the Hengrove area, Flower controlled and slipped in Paul Uppington.

Centre forward Uppington showed great composure to slide the ball under the advancing keeper to give his side the lead.

Backwell reverted to a 4-5-1 formation and showed better composure to control the game and protect their lead without threatening to double that lead, equally Hengrove never looked like scoring as the Backwell back four held firm.

With neither physio having been on the pitch in a competitive, but injury-free game, the referee indicated four minutes of injury time.

In the sixth minute of time added on, ex-Backwell defender Marcus Maggs put in a dangerous cross and a mass goalmouth scramble ensued and the ball was poked home. Team: Coombes, Bishop, Read, Biggins, George Saunders, Thomas, Conor Saunders (Hardidge), Arron Allen ( Callaghan), Flower, Uppington (Crouch), Skidmore.

The next home game is on Easter Monday against Calne Town, kick-off 3pm.

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