Ashton & Backwell climb up to third with back-to-back wins from competitive games
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 March 2019
Ashton & Backwell United have moved up to third in the Toolstation Western League Division One table following back-to-back wins.
Having beaten lowly Radstock Town 1-0 on Tuesday evening, as Dan Elson netted from Connor Saunders’ defence-splitting pass, they travelled down the M5 to beat Chard Town 2-0 on Saturday.
Elson had the ball in the net on 10 minutes, after Tom Press hit a post, but was ruled offside.
However, United took the lead on the half-hour mark when a Chard defender handled at a corner and Callum Townsend fired home from the spot for his 19th goal of the campaign.
The home side had penalty claims of their own waved away when Sam Thomas appeared to handle in his own box, with referee Jordan Lee awarding a free-kick for a push in the back of the Backwell defender.
Chard started the second half well and Boyland hit the crossbar, before Thomas and Elson helped the visitors regain control.
After a number of chances were created but not taken, Backwell doubled their lead on 75 minutes in somewhat fortunate circumstances.
Elson’s pass found substitute Harry Walker, whose first-time shot clipped the outside of a post, but a corner was awarded despite protests from Chard players and supporters.
And Townsend sent the ball into the box for an unmarked Elson to smash home and secure all three points.
Manager Stuart Jones said: “Following a very disappointing performance against Oldland Abbotonians, losing 1-0, I’m very pleased with the response from the players in what proved to be two very competitive games.
“Radstock are a much better side than a third-from-bottom position suggests and I knew they would be very stern opponents.
“The whole team gave a very strong performance in a fast-paced, entertaining game in which Radstock fully played their part.
“Jake Flower had his best game of the season out wide, Sam Thomas and Connor Saunders were everywhere and my back five were solid.”
The Stags are set to welcome ninth-placed Welton Rovers to the Lancer Scott Stadium on Saturday as they look to maintain their hold on third place, albeit some way behind the top two of Cheddar and Keynsham Town.