Ascot United 1st X1 Veterans v Chelsea Veterans

23/02/2024

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DateTimeLeagueSeason
23/02/202419:45West London Veterans Football League2023-2024

Ground

Racecourse Ground 3G 11-a-side
Sunninghill and Ascot, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, South East, England, United Kingdom

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23 February 2024

Ascot United Vets 2-4 Chelsea Vets

 

On 23 February Ascot found themselves locking horns with Chelsea for the second time in a week. Chelsea ultimately came out on top (again), but Ascot did at least have the consolation of putting in a much better performance. Ian Davies and Tim Standing were on the scoresheet for the Yellas, whilst Chelsea gaffer Tommy Williams was at the centre of the visitors’ goalscoring efforts; he contributed one superb volley from outside the box plus a neatly executed free kick late on. Decent efforts, the both of them.

 

Whilst the result ultimately went the way of Chelsea, it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park. Ascot had opted to move from last week’s 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2, and that definitely seemed to help them keep the ball a bit better. Stuart Tanfield caused problems down the left and it was from a gem of a ball that he provided that Ascot missed the first big chance of the game; an unmarked Ian Davies couldn’t quite divert the ball home.

 

Tanfield continued to be right in the middle of the action, periodically haring off down the left flank but also doing a shift in terms of trying to win possession back. Indeed, as the half drew to a close Tanfield did his very best Terry Hurlock impression by clattering the Chelsea right-back. He became the first name in the referee’s notebook.

 

He most certainly was not the last. Indeed, there was a period in the second half when it felt like there were more cards being displayed than you’d find in Clinton’s in Bracknell. Ascot rattled up four, before three Chelsea players had their name taken. That wasn’t the end of it.

 

At around the 55 minute mark Tanfield was all set to go past a man out on the left only to be wrestled to the ground. The referee awarded Ascot a free kick, but he wasn’t happy with Tanfield’s reaction to the foul; a second yellow of the game came the former Aldershot man’s way. An early bath for Tanfield it was then.

 

Ascot were 3-1 down at that point. Chelsea had taken the lead following a nice finish by their flying winger, although it hadn’t taken long for Ian Davies to pull the scores level from the penalty spot. Chelsea had nonetheless eased clear, and with Ascot down to ten men the smart money was clearly on the visitors adding more goals to their tally.

 

Yet, it was Ascot that rallied. Tim Standing harried impressively in the middle, Loz Munns and Chris Ferdinand did well at the centre of defence, whilst Jamie Burgess was making it clear that he wasn’t going to be taking any prisoners at right back. Rob Stockford was holding the keeping fort nicely and the view on the Kippax was that Ascot were every bit as likely to score the next goal.

 

And, that they did, Ian Davies running through to test the keeper. The Chelsea custodian saved, but Tim Standing scampered onto the rebound and tucked it home safely. Was a famous comeback on the cards? Well, no, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Mikey Lewis, Ian Davies and Adam Moroney all came close, but as time ticked down it was Chelsea who ultimately scored next, Williams threading a needle with a free kick to put the visitors two goals to the good.

 

No one is ever completely happy when they lose, but there are nonetheless clear reasons why Ascot shouldn’t be downhearted. They put Chelsea under (at times sustained) pressure, and the reining league champions had to dig deep to get over the line. That they did says plenty about Chelsea’s impressive stickability.

 

The ones now have a week off before returning to action on Friday 8 March when Kew Park Rangers are the visitors.

 

Team. Rob Stockford, Jamie Burgess, Neil Corbett, Chris Ferdinand, Lawrence Munns, Mikey Lewis, Tim Standing, Stuart Birkett, Stuart Tanfield, Ian Davies, Adam Moroney.

Subs. Phil White, Mike Tomlinson, Nigel Gatehouse, Ben Standing.

Goals. Ian Davies (pen), Tim Standing/

Ascot United 1st X1 Veterans2

Chelsea Veterans4

Ground

Racecourse Ground 3G 11-a-side
Sunninghill and Ascot, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, South East, England, United Kingdom
Referee to be confirmed