Ashton & Backwell held at home by Wasps to lose grip on top-three spot in table
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 April 2019
Ashton & Backwell United slipped down to fourth place in Toolstation Western League Division One after being held to a 1-1 draw by Wincanton Town on Saturday.
With a 100-plus crowd swelled by mascots Ashton under-sevens, the Stags gave a debut to Bristol City loanee Aaron Sainsbury in goal in place of Lewis Coombes, who is out for the season with a broken finger.
But a much-changed home side saw the Wasps have more of the chances at the Lancer Scott Stadium, despite an early headed chance for Paul Uppington from a Harry Walker free-kick.
Sainsbury was tested by Toby Cole on four minutes but beaten midway through the first half as Cole crossed for Williams to tee up Chapman to stroke home.
The young keeper made a good save a minute later as Stags came under more pressure, but the hosts were back on level terms on 26 minutes.
Uppington kept possession in the box and moved the ball to Walker, who found Calum Townsend on the edge of the box to pick his spot and guide the ball beyond the despairing dive of Norris for a fine equaliser.
James White had the two best chances after that as Uppington forced a weak clearance from Norris, who recovered well to tip a shot behind.
Then on 71 minutes, Jake Flower, Uppington and Townsend combined to set up White, whose rasping shot was saved at the second attempt.
At the other end, while the Wasps showed more in attack, very little was on target, ass Joe and Jordan Bishop made a number of good tackles, along with Charlie Saunders to prevent chances.
Sainsbury was equal to two good shots from Cole, either side of the break, while the energy and aggression of man of the match Sam Thomas and Conor Saunders was a key feature of Backwell’s performance in the third draw in three meetings between the sides this season.
Despite securing a point, the Stags saw Corsham Town climb above them into third place, giving extra significance to Saturdayy’s clash with fifth-place Longwell Green.
Ashton & Backwell: Sainsbury, Jordan Bishop, Biggins, Joe Bishop, Saunders, White, Thomas, Connor Saunders (G Jones 73), Uppington, Townsend (J Jones 79), Walker (Flower 67).