|Ascot United return to action on Tuesday evening with a traditional “six-pointer” against Molesey (7.45pm) on a night when most of their nearest rivals also take to the pitch.
The visitors are reasonably placed to make an immediate return to step four football, something that manager Jamie Tompkins was quick to identify when writing for this weeks’ programme as the two sides prepare to meet for the first time. Tompkins said “recent form has been good for them too, a side that has stayed together since their relegation last season. Although they have had a 3-point deduction this season, they sit in fifth place.” Molesey are seven points behind Ascot.
The Yellamen also seem to have turned a corner and four wins and four clean sheets in five matches is certainly pleasing to the Racecourse faithful, although they will now add Elliott Carey to the sidelines after his dismissal on Saturday earned him a suspension, overlapping with fellow banned player Harry Laflin.
Ascot have, however, been successful in ensuring they are covered across all positions. Not only do they continue to plug the gap left by long-term absentee Chris Ellis – Lian Flanighan now a firm favourite alongside Louis Bouwers – match by match cover has also been successful . Last Saturday saw Jonny Denton used from the bench alongside makeshift attacker George Lock, whereas Calum Ferguson once again made his mark across ninety minutes and Rory Merrick’s entrance in the 2nd half also added fresh legs.
Tuesday’s matchday programme is also a ‘double header’ – also covering Saturday’s visit of Hanworth Villa - so if you are attending both games please remember to leave it in your car on Tuesday! Match reporting on Tuesday will also be abridged – apologies for that!
The midweek league fixtures are below:
Hanworth Villa v Badshot Lea
Ascot United v Molesey
Cobham v Spelthorne Sports
Knaphill v Abbey Rangers
Redhill v Banstead Athletic
Balham v Southall (Weds)
Image is Ian Davies in action at Guildford last weekend (shooting-stars.co.uk)