Ashton & Backwell denied by injury-time penalty

PUBLISHED: 15:05 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:05 15 February 2017

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Ashton & Backwell’s unbeaten run continues despite being held to a draw by an injury-time penalty.

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It was a feeling of frustration for Backwell manager Rich Coombes as his side let slip a 3-2 lead as Oldland equalised in injury time with a penalty.

Backwell were on the front foot from the off, pacy winger Jake Flower sprinted clear in the second minute and should have put his side one up, but dragged his shot wide, before a Sam Thomas cross found Sam Skidmore in space, but his header went straight at the keeper.

Finally the visitor’s pressure paid off in the 22nd minute as Skidmore pressed the keeper into a poor clearance, his defender panicked under pressure from George Saunders and the ball fell to skipper Aaron Allen, who curled the ball home from 18 yards for a deserved lead.

This forced Oldland into an early substitution as Backwell continued to control the game, with Thomas going close with a header and man of the match Callum Biggins saw his 35-yard shot just clear the crossbar.

The half-hour mark saw the hosts finally threaten Backwell’s goal, as Stone used his pace to capitalise on a poor clearance, but Lewis Coombes dived bravely at his feet before Stone got his shot away.

Five minutes later, a long ball from Oldland’s defence saw Carter through, but a heavy touch saw the ball running out of play, he collided with Coombes, and the referee awarded a penalty. Lewis Parker calmly tucked the spot kick home to make it 1-1.

The home side were now in the game, but were thwarted by the Stag’s defence, marshalled superbly by Callum Biggins. In the 65th minute, the hosts took the lead from a corner.

Backwell got back on level terms five minutes later as Aaron Read brought the ball out of defence and his deep cross found Skidmore, whose bullet header gave the keeper no chance.

The visitors were again in the ascendency and Oldland defended well to hold out until injury time. Saunders skilful mazy run finished with a shot blocked by the keeper, Allen followed up to slot home from eight yards for his second goal of the game and regain the lead.

Now in the fifth minute of injury time, the Abbots attacked form the restart, as their striker drove into the box, a Read tackle was adjudged to be a foul and the referee gave another penalty, which Parker slotted home to give his side a share of the points.

Team: Coombes, Callaghan (Miles Allen), Read, Biggins, Bishop,(Crouch), Flower, Hardidge, Thomas, Aaron Allen, Saunders, Skidmore.


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