Ashton & Backwell show up well against higher opposition

PUBLISHED: 17:26 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 25 July 2017

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Ashton & Backwell United gave a good showing against higher opposition, losing by just one goal to Mangotsfield.

Ashton & Backwell 0

Mangotsfield 1

The game kicked off in front of a big crowd enjoying a warm summer’s afternoon, with Ashton & Backwell taking on a side two divisions higher.

The first shot on goal came in the 10th minute from the home side’s Sol Shearer, whose exploits in the match proved he is fully recovered from the nasty collar bone injury he suffered in the spring.

Shearer’s shot seemed to galvanise both sides into more purposeful activity. A minute later the Stags’ keeper was forced into a good save to prevent Lewis Hogg’s header opening the scoring, before Sam Skidmore was denied.

The visitors came closest to scoring on 16 minutes when a great lob from Steve Davies required Coombes in the Stags’ goal to tip over. The Southern League visitors put the Stags defence under considerable pressure, yet the back four of Read, Crouch, Bishop and Walker were both strong and effective in springing the off-side trap as

required.

In the 35th minute Sam Thomas and Conor Biggins initiated a move finished by Sam Skidmore’s shot which was kept out by Jones. From the resulting corner, Miles Hardidge fired wide. Two minutes later Skidmore won the ball in the box, passed to Saunders whose shot was just cleared off the line.

After the break, Skidmore and Conor Biggins both had chances to take the lead, but it was the visitors who took their chance to open the scoring.

Mangotsfield came close to doubling their score when Edwards forced a fingertip save from Coombes. Hogg for the visitors and Conor Biggins for the Stags

both missed excellent scoring chances with weak finishes.

In the final few minutes, the Stags worked hard to get the equaliser that their efforts deserved, with Read’s header, Harry Walker’s effort from a Thomas free kick and a Saunders’s shot all being blocked.

Having been only beaten by one goal by a Southern League side packed with experience, Ashton & Backwell should take great heart from this result, their fitness levels held up very well on a hot day against higher league opposition.

Backwell continue their pre-season programme with home games against Nailsea United tomorrow (Thursday), kick-off 7pm and Bristol Manor Farm on Tuesday (7pm).

Team: Coombes, Bishop (Callum Biggins), Crouch, Read, Walker, Thomas (c), Hardidge, Saunders, Skidmore (Radnidge), Shearer (Taylor Walker), Conor Biggins.

This Sunday, Ashton & Backwell United host a charity football game to raise funds and awareness for a wonderful community project “Help Bristol’s Homeless”.

Ex-Bristol City star Scott Murray has organised a side of former professionals to play Jasper Thompson’s guest 11. All are welcome for this family fun day which will also feature face painting, raffle and Jasper’s famous Jerk Chicken pan from his restaurant, The Jamaican Dinner, in Bedminster.

Kick-off is 11am at the Lancer Scott Stadium, West Town Road, Backwell BS24 3HQ.


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