Yellamen lose 1-0 in chilly Woking
Captain Luke Elliot scored a late winner as Westfield beat Ascot United 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. In an early kick-off, there was little to warm the spirit of the travelling faithful, who braved the freezing temperatures but saw their side fail to register a meaningful effort on target.
The first half was a poor spectacle with the home side marginally shading affairs. It was fully 21 minutes before any action of note; home defender Elliott’s header striking the top of the crossbar.
Jacob Breckon then had the ball in the net from Archy Taylor’s cross but an offside flag had long been raised, before Taylor’s next delivery just after the half-hour mark saw Danny Campion – who had played against Ascot for Corinthian Casuals four days earlier – glance wide.
The Yellamen rarely threatened before forcing a 35th minute corner; Brendan Matthew’s cross was hacked behind after neither Sam Balogun nor Ollie Harris could get a decisive touch.
The second half was a little better, although Harris’s early volley was the best chance they would have, although sadly he couldn’t keep his effort down and it dipped a couple of feet over the crossbar.
At the other end, Ascot failed to pick up Andrew Crossley’s cheeky free kick on the left-wing which Gary Abisogun gleefully receiving in acres of space, before hammering a left-footed effort from a tight angle that stung Hugo Sobte’s palms.
Westfield defended masterfully and even when Jay Welch exploited precious space before meeting Sean McCormack’s 71st minute cross, his glancing header found the roof of the net.
And a game that looked like it would finish goalless was settled by Elliott’s header in the 81st minute; time appeared to stand still as it looped over Sobte and into the top left hand corner.
The Yellamen had long run out of steam and rash late challenges earnt bookings for Josh Edwards and Harry Laflin, although this added to a growing tally and summed up the visitors’ day.
Ascot United: Sobte, Lock, Ellis (Lahtinen-Kalsi 56’), Edwards, Bailey, Matthew, McCormack, Balogun, Welch (Lalustani 81’) Matthew, Harris (Laflin 71’). Subs unused: Sykes, Morgan
Reporter’s Star Man: Jordan Alves (Westfield)
Away fans (estimate): 25