Ashton & Backwell are left counting cost after clinical Bishops clinch league points

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 November 2019

Callum Townsend scores for Ashton & Backwell against Bishop Lydeard (pic Mike West)

Callum Townsend scores for Ashton & Backwell against Bishop Lydeard (pic Mike West)

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Ashton & Backwell fell to a 3-1 home defeat against a clinical Bishops Lydeard side in their Toolstation Western League Division One clash.

Sol Shearer goes close for Ashton & Backwell (pic Mike West)Sol Shearer goes close for Ashton & Backwell (pic Mike West)

Debutant keeper Liam Jacques, signed from Bristol Manor Farm, was beaten after only six minutes as Bryant's clearance from deep found Wilson to lob home.

And Wilson doubled the visitors advantage early in the second half when Hebditch pounced on a mistake in midfield and set him up for a smart finish.

Callum Townsend hit back on 52 minutes, firing a shot on the turn into the right corner after being picked out by Miles Hardidge.

But Bishops added a third in stoppage time as substitute James Quick roudned the injured Thomas Press and netted from an acute angle.

Bishop Lydeard's Charlie Wilson scores his second goal against Ashton & Backwell (pic Mike West)Bishop Lydeard's Charlie Wilson scores his second goal against Ashton & Backwell (pic Mike West)

Other than their three goals, the visitors had few other chances as Jacques saved well from Hebditch and Wilson in the opening quarter of an hour.

Wilson raced clear midway through the first half but missed the target, while Press headed against his own crossbar.

The Stags, on the other hand, had much of the possession but could not make it count.

Paul Uppington eluded the visiting defence to set up Sol Shearer after only five minutes, but he fired high over the crossbar.

Ashton & Backwell defend against Bishop Lydeard (pic Jo Shepard)Ashton & Backwell defend against Bishop Lydeard (pic Jo Shepard)

Shearer set up Sam Thomas soon after, with the same outcome, and Uppington was also off target on 34 minutes.

James White managed the only on-target attempt for the home side in the first half, with Harry Walker and Hardidge introduced during the break.

The newcomers combined with Townsend at the start of the second half to force Whatley into a save, with Uppington also denied by the visiting keeper.

But too many crosses into the box went begging and Uppington hit the post with a header late on.

James Quick seals victory for Bishop Lydeard (pic Jo Shepard)James Quick seals victory for Bishop Lydeard (pic Jo Shepard)

Press picked out Walker wide on the left, but after getting to the edge of the box he snatched at his shot and sent it well wide.

Bishops broke from the resulting goal kick to net their third goal, which rather summed up a disappointing day for A&B, who head to Sherborne Town on Saturday.

Ashton & Backwell: Jacques, Saunders (Hardidge 46), Rich, Bishop, Press, Spence, Thomas, Shearer (Walker 46), Uppington, Townsend, White (Jones 73).

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