Elson header helps Ashton & Backwell edge past Calne Town

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 January 2019

Paul Uppington gives chase for Ashton & Backwell (pic Sarah Robbins)

Paul Uppington gives chase for Ashton & Backwell (pic Sarah Robbins)

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Ashton & Backwell edged past Calne Town to hold on to fifth place in the table.

Tom Press and Sam Thomas in action for Ashton & Backwell against Calne (pic Ken Hunt)Tom Press and Sam Thomas in action for Ashton & Backwell against Calne (pic Ken Hunt)

Having suffered a heavy loss in the earlier meeting, they were without Sol Jarrett and Harry Walker due to injury.

Aaron Read, Conor and Charlie Saunders and Regan Sollers were also missing, but Callum Townsend returned as Ashton Boys under-sixes acted as mascots.

Defences dominated, with Callum Biggins, Billy Devoy, Joe Bishop and man of the match Thomas Press all outstanding for Stags.

Bishop denied Norman, while Pocock fired just wide for the visitors.

Miles Hardidge in action for Ashton & Backwell against Calne Town (pic Mike West)Miles Hardidge in action for Ashton & Backwell against Calne Town (pic Mike West)

James White, Biggins and Townsend combined but George Jones could not elude Lewis in the box.

Worthington sent a half volley wide, while Biggins was also off-target after Myles Hardidge and Townsend had combined.

Paul Uppington created the first chance of the second half, but Jones was denied by a Lewis tackle.

A long-range effort from Fishlock stung the palms of Lewis Coombes, who also kept out a Jenkins free-kick.

Ashton & Backwell shakes hands with their Calne Town rivals before play, accompanied by Ashton Boys under-sixes (pic Sarah Robbins)Ashton & Backwell shakes hands with their Calne Town rivals before play, accompanied by Ashton Boys under-sixes (pic Sarah Robbins)

But Stags won it when Uppington won a corner, which was taken short to Thomas and he floated the ball to the far post for Dan Elson to head home.

Ashton & Backwell host improved Chippenham Park side this Saturday (3pm) when the under-eights will be mascots.

Ashton & Backwell: Coombes, Devoy, Biggins, Joe Bishop, Press, White, Thomas, Hardidge (Flower 76), Jones (Elson 68), Townsend, Uppington (Jordan Bishop 90).

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