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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.



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