Ashton & Backwell keep up the pressure on league leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:43 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:43 07 November 2018

Sam Thomas.

Sam Thomas.

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Ashton & Backwell United kept up the pressure on the league leaders with victory at Radstock Town.

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Ashton & Backwell came away from Radstock Town with all three points against a large and physical side.

The visitors battled throughout the game with their tackling, pressing and chasing again impressive. They also had success with their pace down the flanks with crosses behind the somewhat static home defence.

That first half was largely stalemate, steadfast defence at the back and in midfield. Walker did warm Scrivens’ hands with a shot on 20 minutes, while eight minutes later a sharp Biddiscombe cross found Harris’s head, but without power it was snatched by Clarke.

There was some controversy in the last five minutes of the half when a high Sam Gregory boot met the head of Clarke in the Stags goal. The referee adjudged a foul and a yellow card for Gregory.

On 42 minutes, a Stags move saw the dangerous Townsend move down the left and his long pass was met by Saunders, whose shot beat all but the far post.

From this, the ball was moved out Gregory in his own half and he outpaced Bishop and the rest of the defence, before burying the ball in the corner of Clarke’s net.

After the break, Sollars’ free kick was angled into the box and the ball fell sweetly for Walker, who volleyed the ball into the net for the equaliser and his fifth of the season. Five minutes later Townsend’s persistence drew a Town foul and his well-flighted free kick was met perfectly by Sam Thomas to direct the ball into net for the lead.

That was how the score stayed, the Stags just three points off the top spot.

Next up are high-flyers Chard Town at the Lancer Scott Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Team: Clarke, Devoy, Sollars, Bishop, Thomas, Ellis, Saunders (c) (sub Pool), Hardidge, Jones (sub Elson), Townsend, Walker (sub Jarrett).

Sam Thomas strikes the winner for Ashton & Backwell United. Picture: Jo Shepherd, Backwell Camera Club.

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