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uhlsport football kit April 21 2018

Premier Division

Woodley United 0 Ascot United 1 (away view)
Ascot signed off their league campaign with a 1-0 win at Woodley United on Saturday courtesy of Jonny Denton’s debateable first half penalty. The result capped a stunning end of season recovery from the Neil Richards’ side, who lost just one of their final seven games, keeping five clean sheets along the way.

Woodley had more to play for against an Ascot side whose safety was confirmed during the previous week. Four wins from four was an absolute must to keep Woodley’s slim survival hopes alive, although they faced a resurgent Ascot side with five wins from their prior six outings. Added to that, the home side had won just once in eighteen outings – albeit two days earlier - so they had at least the taste of victory lingering in their mouths.

Surely with one eye on Monday evening’s cup semi-final, the visitors played their part in a thoroughly uneventful first half. Indeed, the only moment of note was the penalty itself which could at best be described as soft, but to their credit the home side were relatively calm in their protests; even the travelling supporters were bemused by the decision. The move leading up to the goal was the highlight of the half. Phil Da Silva was involved in the build-up, Barry Dunbar helped the ball on, and Ben Hall tumbled in the area in a 50:50 tackle with Idris Kamara. Denton then stepped up, and duly tucked the spot kick into the bottom right to continue his hot scoring streak; 15 minutes on the clock.

James Goodey’s 40th minute sight of goal for Ascot was the only other incident of note, but his volley had dipped well in front of ‘keeper Alex Reed, who easily claimed.

Into the second half, and Woodley’s best chance of the game saw Toby Bridges’ looping header from Carl Prestidge’s cross cannon back off a post with ‘keeper Lee Allen rooted to the spot. Ascot then replaced Barry Dunbar and Ben Hall early-on with Rob Lazarczuk and James Richardson both introduced, and they would soon link up as Lazarczuk won a tussle with Kamara before feeding Richardson, whose under-pressure shot was saved. Ascot ‘keeper Allen’s booming clearance almost bounced up and deceived his opposite number who clawed the ball around a post, whilst at the other end, Danny Horscroft, Sam Guze and substitute Toby Briggs linked up for the former to volley over under pressure.

But as the game wore on, Woodley increasingly gifted possession to Ascot, although Ascot were unable to punish their wastefulness and add to their tally. Lazarczuk’s shot would sail over and onto the roof of the net before seeing an audacious late attempt from the centre circle sail narrowly over, and sandwiched between those efforts Phil Da Silva almost squeezed the ball past Reed after man-of-the-match Goodey had turned provider, but the home ‘keeper got enough on the ball to turn it around a post.

The Yellamen’s pursuit of silverware now continues at Flackwell Heath on Monday when they aim to book a place in the Blue Sport Supplementary Cup Final.

 

 

One East

Chalfont Wasps 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook 2 (report by Arthur Strand)
Chalfont Wasps played their last home game at Lowther Road, Emmbrook last Saturday having drainage problems at their home ground. The game started tentatively enough as Chalfont moved into Suma's territory but Ryan Williams shot was easy for Sean Woodward to gather in his hands safely. With the ball incoming, George Marsh headed over the top of Dan Little's crossbar as, after that highlight, Wokingham put some good passes together. Countering, Chalfont gained ground but Williams was beaten to the ball. On a wing move, Jordan Blake sent a diagonal ball over but it was too high and sailed over the crossbar. A couple of free kicks, one apiece, Wokingham made ground but lost possession and the situation was reversed as Wasps took the ball into the Wokingham half whereupon the unmarked Williams skewed his shot badly. After a Suma's free kick, Wasps escaped from their area but Wokingham moved forward with accurate passes and Blake's effort reached Little directly. A handball gave Wokingham a free kick but gained no real advantage as Wasps delivered a long ball but Woodward dealt with that without difficulty. The next effort from Suma's hit the top of the crossbar bouncing upwards and an ensuing free kick by Ben Broadhurst was headed wide by James Clark..A weak shot by Williams failed to put a number on the Chalfont tally, as Wasps looked a bit brighter than at the early stages of the game. Having said as much, Mason Wright angled in an effort but it went straight across the face of goal. Suma's took a corner in the next significant phase which was followed by a hard shot lashed in at the target but Dan Little got down low to cope with the task. A few flurries of activity later it was half time and no goals.

There was a missed chance as the second session got underway but the ball came in from an odd trajectory and Suma's could not quite connect.. Ben Broadhurst hit one over the crossbar then a few moments later supplied James Clark. As the ball went all around the box, in the 58th minute, Wokingham were in the lead courtesy of James Clark. After the restart, Suma's picked up pace a bit and within 5 minutes, Ben Broadhurst slotted a second goal to go 2 up. Luke Scope and Ben Winship replaced James Clark and Chris Newlove. but Chalfont had no substitutes. The second half continued, as some spectators described; a typical end of season game. There was still some good football as the game drew to a close Dan Little won the battle for the ball from a Wokingham Corner kick then Mason Wright had an effort saved by Sean Woodward. Ryan Williams weaved his way through the Suma's defence with a corner to Chalfont as the defenders cleared the ball and a second chance to Chalfont never worked out. Wasps were definitely having a last ditch attempt at a consolation goal as another corner led to a free header and a free kick by Mason Wright curled over Woodward's crossbar. Eventually, Suma's worked their way out of the pickle and maintained the lead. Two goals and three points kept the Suma's solidly in the middle of the table with one game left next Saturday at home to Aldermaston, second from bottom but 3 games left.

 

One West

 

 
 
 
 
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