Aaron is the star with headed hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 14:33 22 February 2017

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Ashton & Backwell centre-half completed a headed hat-trick for his side in their 5-1 victory at Warminster Town.

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Ashton & Backwell centre-half Aaron Read was the star of the show with three headed goals in a convincing victory over Warminster Town, who had beaten Backwell in their last three meetings.

United are now unbeaten in seven games and have only lost once in 13 fixtures. Backwell were slow out of the blocks and were punished in the fifth minute as Lewis Coombes made a good save from Allen, but the rebound fell to Mark Robinson who slotted home from close range to give the visitors an early lead.

The hosts responded in the 19th minute when winger Jake Flower was tripped in the penalty area for referee Ali Francis to point to the spot. Ryan Crouch, back from three months travelling, stepped up to calmly find the corner of the net to level the scores.

On 23 minutes, Backwell took the lead through a fantastic corner from George Saunders, which was met with a powerful header from man of the match Read to give the Warminster defence no chance of stopping.

Warminster responded with Allen hitting the post, before Coombes came swiftly off his line to foil Ferguson from the rebound. Led by the impressive Sam Thomas in midfield, the home side were now in full control of the game.

On the half-hour mark, following a wonderful 10-pass move, Saunders’ cross found Miles Hardidge, who swept his shot from 15 yards into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.

Seven minutes later, Warminster were down to 10 men as Ferguson was given a straight red card for stamping on the chest of the grounded Thomas.

The second period saw Backwell continue to dominate the game, with the midfield of Hardidge, Thomas and Connor Saunders dictating play and Town could not cope with the pace and movement of Skidmore, Saunders and Flower.

The home defence was solid, good in possession and starting a lot of moves from the back, with youngster Kai Callaghan having his best game since stepping up from the reserves.

It was the deadly combination of Read and Saunders that sealed all three points for Backwell as another great corner from Saunders was matched by great movement from Read to lose his marker to head home from eight yards in the 63rd minute.

In the 78th minute, the double act were at it again, this time a Saunders free kick found Read who glanced his header into the bottom corner of the net to make it 5-1.

Backwell move up to sixth place in the Toolstation Western League Division 1 and on Saturday travel to Bishop Sutton for a Somerset local derby.

Team: Coombes, Callaghan, Read, Crouch, Miles Allen, Thomas, Hardidge (Shearer), Connor Saunders, Flower, Skidmore (Uppington), George Saunders (Young).


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