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10 - 13 April 2018

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Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup - Third Round

As fixtures have been postponed through weather conditions in the past two months - this game was also a scheduled league fixture.

Ascot United 1 Brackley Town Saints 0 League and Cup Double Header
Rob Lazarczuk was the matchwinner again as his first-half goal sent Ascot United into the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup Quarter Finals whilst also earning three league points. In an unprecedented double-header – the match being designated as both a league and cup tie due to fixture congestion – Lazarczuk’s smart first-half finish against Brackley Town Saints ensured a repeat of last Saturday’s outcome when he had struck to beat Longlevens.

Early-on it was Brackley who threatened first when the unmarked Matt Johnson headed over from Dan Middleton’s cross just three minutes in. Josh Bowden then lobbed wide when through on goal and then Lee Allen blocked another effort from the same player when one-on-one moments later, but Ascot responded when James Richardson’s shot was saved before Louie Gilpin struck an off-target effort.

Moments after Bowden had headed over for Brackley, Ascot threatened again through the lively Richardson. Firstly, he fired a shot of his own over the crossbar, before his fine run took him past three defenders before setting up Lazarcuk, who shot wide. However, the defining moment came after 35 minutes when Gilpin fed Barry Dunbar, Dunbar laid the ball off to Lazarczuk, and the Ascot top scorer slotted into the corner of the net from 20 yards. The hosts’ George Lock then came close to connecting with a dangerous cross on the stroke of half time, but it remained 1-0 at the break.

Ascot made all three substitutions in the 2nd half, with Ross Seldon introduced at its inception, but it was the visitors who started brightly again and James Hammond saw two early efforts go begging; his first blocked and his second off-target. At the other end, Lazarczuk beat two players before seeing his shot miss the target but the Saints posed the most threat in the second half and Lee Allen produced good saves to deny both Bowden and substitute Len Steele.

But Allen would produce an even better save in the 75th minute to tip away Hammond’s effort from the edge of the area – at full stretch in the process – and the supporters’ player of the season was at it again in the 77th minute to thwart Steele once more. And with time running out, the Yellamen survived a few nervy moments in injury time but held on to earn a home tie with Pewsey Vale, whilst virtually guaranteeing their safety with a sixth win in eight matches in all competitions.

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Highworth Town 3 Windsor 2
A second win in three days puts the Worthians back on top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier division with their final game to come at the Elms on Monday when Thatcham Town (currently 2nd) come to Wiltshire.

In last night's game a decent encounter saw Windsor, on their first visit to the Elms, throw everything at the home team in the final 10 minutes, much as they did in the game at Windsor, only for some great goalkeeping and defending holding them out.

Windsor went close on 4 minutes when Gus Bowles fired across goal and even closer 5 minutes later when the same player hit a post. Highworth took the lead on 14 minutes when Joe Williamson curled a beauty into the keeper's top left hand corner from 18 yards and the lead was doubled with 30 minutes gone when Rory Sproule turned sharply in the box and fired into the same top corner. Almost immediately Windsor pulled one back through Jack Denton after some sloppy defending on 33 minutes but the home side restored their 2 goal cushion on 42 minutes with another decent finish from 12 yards by Lewis Waldon.

Lewis Waldon had a one-on-one chance with the keeper, Hugo Sobte, early on in the second period but a decent block from the visiting stopper kept the score 3-1. Garry Aulsberry in the Highworth goal then prevented a second Windsor goal when he did well to tip a shot from Jack Denton onto and over the bar. This was the first of several fine saves throughout the second half generally dominated by the visitors with veteran Barry Hayles always a threat when given space although Ross Adams and the rest of the back four did well to limit his opportunities. Gus Bowles did finally beat Garry Aulsberry on 79 minutes, slotting home from the left after a decent passing move in the 18 yard box. Highworth then held out for the three points and it could have been 4-2 when another Lewis Waldon break saw Hugo Sobte make another decent block.

On a pretty dismal night weather-wise, 94 saw this encounter with a good number of visitors from Windsor. Thanks for coming!

One West

Shrivenham 9 Tytherington Rocks 2
Shrivenham cruised to a 9-2 win over basement side Tytherington Rocks at Barrington Park on Tuesday evening to keep one hand on their promotion hopes.

Entering the fixture on the back of nine league game unbeaten run, Gareth Davies men made short work in making it ten when they opened their account through Lewis Petrie who steered the ball home after Josh Morse saw his shot saved on 9 minutes.

Two minutes later Jamie Prictor forced his way through and unselfishly set up Morse who hit a classy finish beyond an unprotected Callum Atkinson into the corner of the net. Prictor, Danny Hale and debutant Dave Bampton continued the onslaught in the following minutes however all saw their efforts come to nothing, before Richmond Duah thumped the visitors back in to the game with a tremendous effort from outside the box with 28-minutes gone. No sooner had the visitors got themselves back in to the game, Leigh Brown finished with aplomb from a corner (30-minutes) before Petrie grabbed his second of the game (33-minutes) via a deflected shot and a minute later he completed his hat-trick with a fine solo effort to put the home side well and truly in control at the interval.

Sam Ockwell produced a lovely chip in to the area on 50-minutes which found Petrie who calmly dribbled around Atkinson before taping home his fourth of the game, and Shrivvy’s sixth. Despite the scoreline, just two minutes later and Duha was unfortunate to see another spectacular effort well saved by Connor Johns, to show that the visitors were down, but not yet out.

With the job done, Tyler Sheppard came on for Petrie on 65-minutes and five minutes later, Morse became provider once again and Prictor managed a decent low finish to make it 7-1. Rob Hendry came on for Dave Bampton on 71-minutes before the home side extended their lead with further goals courtesy of a tap in from Prictor (73-minutes) following a defensive blunder and Morse completed the home sides scoring on 75-minutes after he slotted the ball underneath Atkinson to make it 9-1.

With their foot off the gas, the game was over as a competition, however there was time for the visitors to equal their highest away goal scoring record with 5-minutes remaining after Johns could only tip a rare visitors effort against the crossbar and Nick Jones was on hand to smash home the rebound to make it 9-2.


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