Ashton & Backwell are left to rue missed chances after FA Vase exit at Camelford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 September 2019

George Jones in action for Ashton and Backwell during their 2-1 defeat to Camelford in the FA Vase

George Jones in action for Ashton and Backwell during their 2-1 defeat to Camelford in the FA Vase

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Ashton & Backwell United were left to rue their missed chances as Bobby Hopkinson's free-kick sent Camelford into the first round of the FA Vase at Trefrew Park on Saturday.

The hosts went close twice inside the first three minutes as Hopkinson tested Lewis Coombes with a rasping 30-yard drive before the Stags keeper tipped over the bar.

Billy Devoy had two attempts on goal, forcing good saves from the impressive young Luke Gwillam who produced an even better save from George Jones.

Callum Townsend and Paul Uppington saw efforts clear the bar followed by a move that started in Backwell's area and ended with Gwillam tipping over Miles Hardidge's left foot effort.

Charlie Saunders had the best effort as Hardidge's corner found the centre-back unmarked but he headed wide when well placed.

The half finished with Coombes saving well from Adam Sleep and Townsend seeing another shot go wide as the scoreline remained blank.

The first of three goals in the second half came on 50 minutes following a well struck 25-yard free-kick by Hopkinson that Coombes could only parry into the path of Sleep who easily tapped in from close range.

Ashton & Backwell's hard working midfielder Sam Thomas saw his 20-yard shot drift just wide, before United's best chance of the half fell to defender Joe Bishop on the hour, but he could only direct his header off-target with the goal begging.

The Camels doubled their lead on 65 minutes from a glorious 25-yard free-kick by Hopkinson, whose thunderous right-footed effort flew into the top corner to give Coombes no chance to save.

But the visitors upped the pace to battle their way back into the tie and their pressure was rewarded in the 75th minute when Townsend was tripped in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Townsend took the penalty himself and made no mistake, sending it low and hard into the bottom right corner.

However, hopes of salvaging the tie were diminished as the hosts withstood anything United could throw at them in the last 15 minutes and moved into the next round when they will host Buckland Athletic.

Ashton & Backwell are back in Toolstation Western League Division One action on Saturday as they host leaders Oldland Abbottonians.

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