Stags strike a late double to claim win over Welton which maintains hold on third spot

PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 March 2019

Joe Bishop on the attack for Ashton & Backwell against Welton Rovers (pic Mike West)

Joe Bishop on the attack for Ashton & Backwell against Welton Rovers (pic Mike West)

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Ashton & Backwell netted twice in the last 15 minutes to earn a 2-0 win over Toolstation Western League Division One rivals Welton Rovers on Saturday.

Dan Elson attacks for Ashton & Backwell against Welton Rovers (pic Mike West)Dan Elson attacks for Ashton & Backwell against Welton Rovers (pic Mike West)

But if the visitors had taken the chances that came their way in the opening quarter of an hour, it might have been very different.

Welton started the better and Dave Cooper blasted wide when well placed in the second minute, before heading against the underside of the crossbar.

Man of the match Lewis Coombes dived to his right to keep out Joe Batterick’s low shot, while Backwell’s only real chance of the first half fell to Dan Elson on the half-hour mark.

Welton keeper Tom Drewitt spilled the ball and Elson pounced to take it around him, only for full-back Sam Stoppard to clear off the line.

Ashton & Backwell players celebrate after Dan Elson's goal gives them the lead against Welton Rovers (pic Jo Shepherd)Ashton & Backwell players celebrate after Dan Elson's goal gives them the lead against Welton Rovers (pic Jo Shepherd)

The half-time team talk seemed to have the desired effect for Backwell as Joe Bishop and Callum Biggins began to nullify the threat of Cooper, while captian Conor Saunders, Sam Thomas and 17-year-old James White took control of midfield proceedings.

Three good tactical changes by home boss Stuart Jones turned the game as Jake Flower proved a constant threat on the right flank and 16-year-old Jack Jones was a bundle of energy up front.

Meanwhile, Harry Walker produced two moments of quality to help the Stags claim the points late on.

Flower picked out Elson on 75 minutes to open up a small gap for himself in a crowded box and curl a low left-footed shot into the far corner of the net.

Harry Walker celebrates his goal for Ashton & Backwell against Welton Rovers (pic Jo Shepherd)Harry Walker celebrates his goal for Ashton & Backwell against Welton Rovers (pic Jo Shepherd)

And the home side went close minutes later when Saunders sent a pass over the Welton defence for Walker, whose chipped shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced to safety.

Walker made amends shortly after by winning the ball back outside the box and picking out Jones, whose quick return pass allowed him to calmly slot into the corner of the net.

After only one defeat in 11, the Stags remain in third place, now five points clear of Corsham but some way behind the runaway top two of Cheddar and Keynsham Town.

They are at home again this weekend as in-form Sherborne visit the Lancer Scott Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Ashton & Backwell: Coombes, Devoy, Joe Bishop, Biggins, Jordan Bishop, Saunders, Thomas, White (J Jones), Townsend (Walker), Elson, G Jones (Flower).

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