Ashton & Backwell stretch impressive sequence

PUBLISHED: 14:42 08 February 2017




Ashton & Backwell stretched their impressive run with victory over Almondsbury UWE.

Ashton & Backwell 2

Almondsbury UWE 0

Manager Rich Coombes praised his side as Saturday’s win meant they have now lost just one game in the last 10.

He said: We were not at our best in the first-half and we work hard as a group. We have introduced four reserve players in the last few games and they have all stepped up to the level.

“Sol Shearer typified what we are about with simple passing, unselfish running, thinking about his game to see us over the line with three points and another clean sheet.”

Centre forward Sam Skidmore opened the scoring for the home side in the 20th minute with his third goal in three games. Aaron Read’s powerful header from defence found Skidmore, who beat his marker to open up space and put his low drive into the corner of the net.

Ten minutes later, Skidmore was the centre of controversy as the referee baffled everybody on the pitch by awarding a penalty. Debutant Takawa Chigwada stepped to take the spot kick, but Lewis Coombes pulled off a great save.

From the resulting corner, Backwell broke swiftly as skipper Aaron Allen turned defence into attack, he found Cordell Yong, whose cross was flicked on by Skidmore to George Saunders.

Saunders’ first attempt was blocked, but was first to react to the rebound and calmly slotted the ball home from eight yards to double his side’s lead.

Another quick break by the home side saw Skidmore put the ball in the net, but this was disallowed for offside.

Backwell dominated the second half, as Almonsbury had no answer to the Stags’ midfield three of Shearer’s passing, Allen’s energy and willingness to break forward and Thomas, who tackled and pressed anything that moved.

Almonsbury were limited to two soft shots, comfortably gathered by Coombes. Substitute Jake Flower made a great impact and should have scored twice himself as Almonsbury tired.

He also pulled the ball back to create chances for Allen and Saunders, who both should have done better with the goal begging. Allen was denied a wonderful opportunity by Almondbury’s best player Thatcher with one of the best tackles of the game.

In the dying minutes, Thatcher, despite coming away with the ball, tripped Skidmore from behind in the box, but the referee did not award a penalty.

Man of the match was Sol Shearer. The next game is away to Oldland Abbottonians on Saturday (3pm).

Team: Coombes, Callaghan (Archard), Read, Biggins, Bishop, Young (Flower), Thomas, Shearer, Allen, (Hardidge), Saunders, Skidmore.

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