Ashton & Backwell United sink Wells to keep alive hopes of third-place finish

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 April 2019

Paul Uppington gives Ashton & Backwell the lead against Wells City (pic Jo Shepherd)

Paul Uppington gives Ashton & Backwell the lead against Wells City (pic Jo Shepherd)

Ashton & Backwell United got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Wells City in Toolstation Western League Division One.

Dan Elson celebrates his goal against Wells City (pic Jo Shepherd)Dan Elson celebrates his goal against Wells City (pic Jo Shepherd)

With both sides still chasing third place, there was plenty of energy and commitment shown over the course of the 90 minutes.

Defences dominated for the first half an hour, although Aaron Sainsbury saved an early free-kick from Williams.

The returning Saul Jarrett impressed for Stags, combining with Callum Townsend to feed Paul Uppington, who was denied by a saving tackle on 31 minutes.

The hosts took the lead moments later, though, as Townsend crossed for Jarrett, whose shot was blocked but ran free for Uppington to thump home from close range.

Joe Bishop heads clear under pressure (pic Jo Shepherd)Joe Bishop heads clear under pressure (pic Jo Shepherd)

Jordan Bishop headed an inswinging corner from Randall off the line before the break and the Stags came out firing in the second half.

A Sam Thomas header from Jarrett's corner hit the crossbar within a minute, while Conor Saunders played in Jordan Bishop, who was foiled by the Wells keeper.

Man of the match Jarrett shot wide from an Uppington pass and Townsend was also narrowly off-target, before George Jones won a free-kick and Townsend's 25-yard effort was tipped over by McDiarmid.

A second goal arrived on 73 minutes, though, as a spell of pressure led to substitute Dan Elson stroking the ball into the bottom corner with virtually his first touch. But Sainsbury had to save well from Harry Ratcliff and Billy Devoy did well to tackle Williams, before fouling Charlie Crook in the box on 77 minutes.

Williams fired home from the spot to halve the deficit but the Stags defence held firm in the time that remained, with Regan Sollars impressing in place of the injured Tom Press.

After completing a double over Wells, Backwell will go into their Good Friday derby with Portishead Town, which kicks off at 1pm, in high spirits.

They visit Keynsham Town on Easter Monday and sit in fourth place behind Corsham Town, who they host on the last day of the season on April 27.

Ashton & Backwell: Sainsbury, Devoy, Jordan Bishop, Joe Bishop, Press (Sollars 81), G Jones, Thomas, Saunders (Elson 71), Uppington, Townsend, Jarrett (J Jones 68).

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