The good, bad and ugly on show at the Lancer Scott Stadium
PUBLISHED: 10:16 24 October 2018
Ashton & Backwell United came out on top in an afternoon of contrasting fortunes against Bristol Telephones.
Ashton & Backwell Utd 2
Bristol Telephones 0
A busy Lancer Scott Stadium witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly in an afternoon of contrasting fortunes.
There was a great deal of good to be found, to start with Ashton Boys Under-8s were the mascots as the Stags took the field and the first team contains a number of players whose footballing journeys started in the junior rank.
On the field of play, there was much for the home crowd to savour, the tackling and possession game was probably the best witnessed this season and the pace and movement, both on and off the ball more effective.
The strong performance yet again of Ryan Clarke was key (it seems harsh to now class him as a stand-in keeper). As early as the 16th minute he was called upon to save from Dhani Golding and he was tested four minutes later.
An alleged Thomas push in the box saw the Phones awarded a penalty, though Summers struck it well, Clarke pushed the ball away.
Immediately after the restart, Jackson scythed through the home defence, only Clarke’s fingertip push over the bar prevented the visitors taking the lead. Even when
he was beaten by Golding on 68 minutes, his judgment was superb, the ball hit the crossbar.
Both the Stags goals can be classed as good as well. The opener on 53 minutes was a real team goal. From a free kick on the edge of the home box, Walker spotted Jarrett in space at halfway, a pinpoint pass and Jarrett’s pace took him into the Phones box where he slotted the ball to Townsend who drilled it home for 1-0.
At least as good was Ellis’ second. Walker and Flower harried the visitors’ defence, it was cleared to an advancing Thomas, his pass located Ellis in the box, who rounded the keeper and thumped the ball into the net. Sadly the scorer succumbed to a head injury minutes later and was substituted.
Backwell saw too many chances going begging, Walker and Jarrett hit woodwork and both missed the goal when scoring seemed easier, while Flower had a header cleared off the line.
The ugly was bad and got worse. A mazy run from Flower opened up the Phones defence and keeper Osborne came out of his area to intercept and collided. Flower
saw his shot roll into an empty net, only for the referee to blow for deliberate handball by Osborne, show the keeper a red card and not allow the goal. The visitor’s had Golding, Griffiths and Blacker all booked for dissent.
On 87 minutes it went very ugly. Saunders tackle on Alvis was clumsy and merited the foul awarded, but Alvis’s reaction was totally unacceptable, pushing Saunders through the fencing. Several other players got involved and from the melee Alvis, Griffiths and Blacker were all given their marching orders.