Ashton & Backwell avenge earlier loss in style to hit Chippenham Park for six

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:15 31 January 2019

Ashton & Backwell's Conor Saunders battling in the rain (pic Mike West)

Ashton & Backwell's Conor Saunders battling in the rain (pic Mike West)

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Ashton & Backwell avenged an earlier defeat at Chippenham Park in style as they hit their rivals for six in Toolstation Western League Division One.

George Jones was Ashton & Backwell's man of the match (pic Ken Hunt)George Jones was Ashton & Backwell's man of the match (pic Ken Hunt)

In front of a three-figure crowd at the Lancer Scott Stadium, the Stags produced an impressive defensive display in terrible conditions.

A strong wind and heavy rain could not stop the hosts from using their pace and passing game, with Park’s young side also full of running and skill.

And Stags showed a more clinical edge in front of goal to make it three wins in a row and move to within touching distance of the top three.

Only four minutes had been played when Calum Townsend floated in a free-kick for captain Joe Bishop to head the opener.

Ashton & Backwell's Lewis Coombes punches clear (pic Mike West)Ashton & Backwell's Lewis Coombes punches clear (pic Mike West)

And it was 2-0 on the quarter-hour mark as Townsend noted Park keeper Sharples out of position and flighted the ball into the top right corner of the net.

Thompson lobbed Sharples again from 30 yards to make it 3-0 at half time, after Paul Uppington had been denied by a good save from Billy Devoy’s pass and by a fine tackle as he looked to pounce on Dan Elson’s through ball.

James White saw a deflected shot just miss the target, while Lewis Coombes smothered a header from Bryan at the other end.

A&B went 4-0 up a minute into the second half when Elson got away on the right and crossed for Sam Thomas to score with a diving header.

James White in action for Ashton & Backwell (pic Mike West)James White in action for Ashton & Backwell (pic Mike West)

And Townsend unselfishly set up substitute Harry Walker to fire home the fifth from the edge of the box, when he had the chance to complete his hat-trick.

Townsend got his reward on 72 minutes as man of the match George Jones teed him up to pick his spot low past Sharples, but Park did manage a consolation five minutes from time as Bryan escaped his marker to pick out McCulloch to slot home from 15 yards.

A&B face three key games next month, starting with a home meeting against Radstock on Saturday (3pm).

And they visit Bishop Sutton on February 9 and host Oldland Abbotonians a week later as they aim to keep themselves in the promotion hunt.

Ashton & Backwell line up with Ashton Boys as mascots (pic Mike West)Ashton & Backwell line up with Ashton Boys as mascots (pic Mike West)

A&B: Coombes, Devoy, Biggins, Bishop, Press, White (Flower 82), Thomas, Jones (Saunders 71), Uppington, Townsend, Elson (Walker 57).

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