Ashton & Backwell earn point at Cheddar
PUBLISHED: 12:45 04 December 2019
Ashton & Backwell ended their three-game losing run with a thrilling 3-3 draw at Cheddar.
The Stags started very well, giong three up barely a quarter of the way through the match, but defensive frailties showed again and it was level at half time.
In the second half The Cheesemen pressed the visitors very hard, but despite a few scares, it ended level.
After a 5-0 loss at Sherborne Town, the Stags came out at full throttle and the first goal arrived on eight minutes as Paul Uppington and Calum Townsend combined to force a diving save by Tom Creed. Captain Connor Saunders nudged nudged the corner to Miles Hardidge on the edge of the box and his powerful shot opened the scoring.
Nine minutes later Townsend took control of a loose ball to swerve round Danny Griffiths on the left of the box, before picking his spot for the second.
And the third came from the spot after George Booth upended Townsend and Joe Bishop netted after Creed had saved his intial effort.
With Stuart Jones' men cruising to victory, the hosts then took advantage of a strong tail wind to change the momentum of the match.
After half an hour, Ricky Bennett played a seemingly innocuous free-kick from 40-plus yards which drifted and deceived Liam Jacques before bouncing into the net.
Bennett nearly netted again in the 39th minute only for Bishop to get a vital head in to clear, but three minutes later he succeeded with a lob from the right corner of the box to beat Jacques.
And on the cusp of half time Lewis Hembrey waltzed into the left side of the box and crossed to Adam Jones, who headed into the path of Booth to supply the equaliser.
Both sides had chances in a frantic second half and the Stags almost won the game in the final five minutes.
Connor Saunders put sub Harry Walker clean through where Creed parried his one-on-one, then Charlie Saunders drove down the flank before squaring to Townsend whose shot hit the crossbar as both sides took a hard earned point.
Division One leaders Calne Town are up next on at the Lancer Scott Stadium on Saturday.