Missed chances cost Ashton & Backwell

PUBLISHED: 10:31 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:31 16 August 2017

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Ashton & Backwell United were left to rue their missed chances as they narrowly lost to Chippenham Park in their opening league fixture.

Chippenham Park 1

Ashton & Backwell Utd 0

The outcome of this match was determined in the 59th minute of the game on a sunny August afternoon in Wiltshire.

The referee frustrated Backwell by giving a throw-in to Chippenham which led to a foul by Bishop. The free kick eluded the defence and Gary Lock met the ball to give the home side the lead.

In the first-half, the Stags were the dominant team, making great use of Harry Walker, Billy Devoy and Miles Hardidge on the flanks, with both Sam Skidmore and Ross Higginson strong in the centre of attack.

The visitors started strongly with shots from Saunders, Skidmore and Devoy, Walker and Higginson all going close, but the half ended goalless.

From the restart, McCarron’s cross brought a fingertip save from Backwell keeper Coombes to push the ball over the bar and soon after Walker’s poor back pass was intercepted and Coombes had to be alert. A minute later, Thomas was through for a one-on-one with the Park ‘keeper, but he shot straight at the keeper.

Sadly the Stags were made to pay for their profligate approach as the home side opened the scoring. At the other end, Villis saw his shot cleared off the line on 75 minutes and four minutes later he should have made more of Skidmore’s pass.

This was a disappointing outcome to a game in which the Stags outplayed their opponents, had the greater number of chances, but were unable to find the final touch. Another visit to Wiltshire, this time to Corsham, awaits on Saturday.

Team: Coombes, Bishop, Read, Crouch, Devoy, Thomas, Saunders, Hardidge (M Allen), Walker (Biggins), Skidmore, Higginson (Villis).

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