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Winning Start For New Man - 2 February

Ascot United's new manager Neil Richards made a winning start this week when his side defeated Rotherfield United 3-0 in the Reading Invitation Senior Cup.

“We got out of it what we hoped we would get – a win and a clean sheet – so that was important,” he said.

It was, however, a low-key start to what is a new era for the club, as Rotherfield are a struggling Thames Valley League side who have managed just one win all season. A much tougher test will come this Saturday when the Yellamen visit Royal Wootton Bassett, having met the same opponents in their last league match, a 3-1 defeat at home on January 7.

Since then, the club has seen a complete change in the team management with several players also leaving. The latest departures include two of their best players – keeper Carl Dennison, who has moved to Chalfont St Peter, and central defender Jesse Wilson, now with Slough and, in all probability, a dual registration with Burnham.

This led to Richards, previously the club's development manager, elevating some of the club's talented youngsters to his first-team squad and they didn't let him down in Tuesday's second-round tie. He said: “We have a balance of experience and youth, and I thought it worked well tonight. We have got a good group of 18 to 20 and will stick with those for the moment.”

Richards, whose side languish 13th in the table but clear of the relegation zone, said his plans for the rest of the season are to “work hard in training, keep the group together, get some consistency and Introduce youth players when we can.”


More Appointments At Ascot United - 9 January

Jamie Tompkins will take up the role of Head Coach for the First team at Ascot United with immediate effect. Jamie is a talented UEFA B License coach who has made an immediate impact as manager of the Development squad this season. The squad currently sit in a healthy 4th position in what is their first season in the Suburban Central Division. As Football Development Manager at Brentford FC he brings a wealth of experience in identifying and developing young players.

Alexia Sawdon also moves from the Development team to become First Team Therapist. The current Development squad coach Tommy Wilkinson has accepted the Development Squad manager’s role with immediate effect.

Ascot comment: "These appointments demonstrate our commitment to maintain continuity within our development structure and continue to promote from within."

 

neil richards hellenic footballA New Chapter as Neil Richards Takes Over - 6 January

Ascot United announce the appointment of Neil Richards as the new Ascot United first team manager and will take charge from Monday 9 January.

Neil (pictured) has been at Ascot United for 15 years and in time has undertaken a number of coaching and development roles across different age groups at the club. More recently he has managed the Under 23 Development squad and coached the Allied Counties Youth team. His current role as Director of Football has seen him continue to develop both our Junior and Youth structures, creating a pathway for our younger players to move into Senior Football.

An announcement on the rest of the management team and coaching staff will be made shortly.


Statement From The Out Going Management Team - 5 January

Jeff Lamb, Paul McGrotty and Derek Sweetman take the reigns at Ascot for final time on Saturday, and offer their heartfelt thanks to all involved at the club.

"We would like to say a thank you to all the wonderful people at the club, who have helped us during our time. A massive thank you to the growing number of fans who have started to follow the club, and have travelled long distances to watch us, we hope this support continues derek sweetman hellenic footballto grow."

"To all the players and staff who have worked with us, we thank you and wish you the best in your careers."

"During our time, we have established some wonderful rivalries, all in the right spirits, and thank those involved and wish them the best. Personally, we would like to place on record, our thanks to Derek Sweetman (pictured) who joined us a few years ago, adding some valuable experience to our team. We wish the club and everyone involved best wishes and success for the future."

"We now look forward to spending time with our young families and will see what the future holds."

Jeff Lamb & Paul McGrotty

 

The End of An Era- 4 January 2017

jeff lamd and paul mcgrotty resign from ascot unitedAt the beginning of December the first team management of Jeff Lamb, Paul McGrotty and Derek Sweetman advised the club of their intention to step down.

The board reluctantly acceded bringing to an end to their time in charge of the first team. Their last game in charge will be the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division home match against Royal Wootton Bassett Town this Saturday 7th January.

Under their leadership the team had its most successful period in the club’s history. Since Jeff and Paul (pictured left/right) took over in May 2011 the club has appeared in two FA Vase quarter finals, had three successive top four finishes in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division, won The Hellenic League Challenge Cup Sponsored by Bluefin Sports Insurance in 2014, were runners up in 2015 and then winners of The Hellenic League Floodlit Cup Sponsored by Perpetua Press in 2016. There have also been some fantastic FA Cup matches at the Racecourse and no one will ever forget the night in 2011 when we played Wembley in a televised match or the draw against Tonbridge Angels earlier this season.

While we are disappointed and saddened to see them leave we owe them all a huge debt of gratitude for their commitment, skill and leadership and wish them every success in the future. Irrespective as to whatever they choose to do next they will always be welcome at Ascot United.

A further announcement about the first team management will be made shortly.

 

Effort But No Reward - 29 December

paul mcgrotty hellenic footballAscot United joint-manager Paul McGrotty believes his side were extremely unlucky to have lost 1-0 at Binfield on Tuesday.

The Yellamen, without an Uhlsport Hellenic League win since beating Thatcham Town on November 5, looked set to take a well-deserved point until conceding a late disputed goal. “I thought we deserved all three points,” said McGrotty, “To be totally honest, I thought we were the better side. Had we taken our chances, we should have been 3-0 up. We hit the crossbar and had one off the line in the first half, so we could have gone in 2-0 at half time. They (Binfield) were dangerous, but most of them came from long-range efforts which were pleasing defensively. In the second half, we had a couple of one on ones with their keeper which we should have taken. I thought we could win the game, but then came the sucker punch at the end. It was not even a free kick, but it was still a poor goal to concede. Then it looked as though we were back in it. It (goal) was given offside to a lad (Dan Davies) who had run from behind Jesse Wilson who had headed it on. So it was bitterly disappointing. But this game sums our season up unfortunately. We were unlucky not to have taken a point off Bracknell last week; we're not having much luck at the moment.”

The main positive to emerge from the game for Ascot was the performances by their new strike-duo of Matt Forder and Luke Wilson. They were two of the smallest players on the park but caused the Binfield defence plenty of problems with their pace and willingness to run at opponents. With a bit more experience and steadiness in their finishing, they would certainly have put their names on the score sheet.

Between them, they hit the crossbar, shot hurriedly wide, were denied by keeper Mo Nyamunga or by a timely challenge. McGrotty commented: “Matthew is from our youth and development squad, came in for his debut and Luke also did well. Our game plan today was a couple of young lively lads up top and they caused Binfield a lot of problems. We were really pleased with them.”

Ascot have now gone eight games without a win, but that run includes two draws and four defeats by the odd goal. Ascot's next home league game is against Royal Wootton Bassett on January 7.

 

Ascot Bid For Cup Progress - 27 October

Ascot United will also be bidding for place in the last 16 of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup when they take on Highmoor Ibis at The Racecourse Ground on Saturday.

Dave Wright pens. "The Yellamen won 1-0 away to Hollands and Blair in the FA Vase last weekend, but on Tuesday were beaten 2-0 at Flackwell Heath in a league game with Dan Burnell scoring after 51 minutes and Jamie Essex 11 minutes later. United missed chances to get back in the game, but it was solid defending which saw the Heathens earn the win that lifted them to second place in the table and left Ascot down in 12th."

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