Ashton & Backwell denied by last-minute penalty

PUBLISHED: 12:15 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 17 October 2018

Ryan Clarke.

Ryan Clarke.

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Ashton & Backwell United were denied all three points by a last-minute penalty scored by Wincanton Town.

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A last-minute penalty denied Ashton & Backwell taking three points and an opportunity to move to fifth place in Toolstation Division 1.

With the wind gusting up to 45mph, attractive football was always going to prove challenging. Both teams actually produced their best football playing against the wind, but it was the hosts who adapted quicker to the difficult conditions.

Striker Dec Cornish gave his side a 10th minute lead following a break down the right flank, his close range shot beating keeper Lewis Coombes at his near post.

Backwell didn’t help themselves with below par passing and allowing Daniel Wise to control the midfield for Wincanton.

The visitors finally began to put passes together and pressure paid off in the 30th minute when Conor Saunders played in striker Saul Jarret, whose well-struck shot from 20 yards gave the keeper no chance and levelled the scores.

Just as Backwell looked comfortable and controlling the game, full-back Regan Sollers tripped Cornish in the 41st minute and the official had an easy decision to point to the penalty spot.

Wise stepped up to shot low into the corner to give Coombes no chance, who injured himself in the process and was replaced by Ryan Clarke at half time.

Backwell equalised on the hour mark following another good cross from man of the match Calum Townsend that found Jarret unmarked in the six-yard box, who made no mistake.

Wincanton defended stubbornly to keep Backwell to keep the scores level until the final minutes of drama. With three minutes left on the clock, a well-flighted Townsend corner saw centre-half Joe Bishop head home from close range for his second goal of the season and give his side a deserved lead.

In the last minute, the referee broke Backwell’s hearts as Joe Ellis tried to take a second touch in the box before clearing the ball, the official decided Ellis catch a Wincanton foot when challenged. Wise slotted home his second penalty of the game to make it 3-3.

This Saturday, Ashton & Backwell are home to Bristol Telephones, kick-off 3pm.

Team: Coombes (Clarke), Biggins, Thomas, Bishop, Sollars, Saunders (Hardidge), Ellis, Flower, Walker (Maine) Jarret, Townsend.

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