Ascot United 1st XI Veterans vs Chelsea Veterans

16/02/2024

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DateTimeLeagueSeason
16/02/202419:45West London Veterans Football League2023-2024

Ground

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

Report

16 February 2024

West London Vets’ League (WLVFL) League Cup, Quarter-Final

Ascot United 0-4

 

Two of the top three teams in the West London Vets’ League met in the quarter-final of the League Cup on 16 February. Chelsea Vets, traditionally the leading lights in the WLVFL, came to the Racecourse Ground in confident mood and they ultimately ran out clear winners. No complaints.

 

Gaffer Jon Keough opted to start by playing 3-5-2, largely as that system had served Ascot well in weeks gone by. Chelsea, however, chose to play three up front, and in Scott Todd and former Fulham and Leicester (plus the Ghanian national team) winger Elvis Hammond they started asking tough questions right from the get go.

 

Tommy Williams and the rest of the Chelsea midfield provided excellent service out to Hammond out on the rightand he periodically caused mayhem in the Ascot defence. So, brightly though Ascot began – a 45 yard effort from John Nutter that the visiting keeper scrambled wide being the highlight – it didn’t come as a complete surprise when Chelsea took the lead. Hammond was the source, hurtling free down the right at a rate of knots. He squared, Trevor Dennison finished off.

 

Five minutes later and that lead was doubled. Dennison broke down the inside left channel, ‘keeper Dave Lyons came out to narrow the angle and that prompted Dennison to hook the ball in towards the near post. Neil Corbett raced across to try and make the clearance, but his herculean efforts couldn’t preventthe ball from ending up in the back of the Ascot net.

 

Things threatened to go from bad to worse when Scott Todd jinked his way past two tackles only to be upended in the box by Chris Ferdinand. Penalty. Dennison stepped up, but Lyons dived impressively to his left to save.  Start of the comeback for Ascot, maybe?

 

Not really. Hammond again managed to drift free on the right, he once again crossed nicely and – almost as if the record was well and truly stuck – Dennison pinged the ball home.  0-3, and half-time really couldn’t come quick enough for the Yellas.

 

The second half saw Ascot go to 4-4-2. Jamie Burgess came on at right-back and Adam Fennell entered the fray in the middle of the park. The change in shape certainly seemed to help, and for 15 minutes Ascot looked like they were going to make a go of things. Fennell and Stuart Tanfield were combining well down the left and it was a Tanfield cross that saw Tim Standing miss a cracker of an opportunity. The ball ended high and handsome.

 

Phil White also came into the game rather more, and with 20 minutes left he too drifted nicely into the box only to see his shot go agonisingly wide.

 

Chelsea, however, remained true to their 4-3-3 and every time they went forward they posed a real threat. Composure on the ball and silky skills to manufacture space subsequently saw Tommy Williams side-foot home the fourth.  With that, the game as a contest was done and dusted.

 

Sometimes things just don’t work out. This game was one of those sometimes. Chelsea were the better side and were excellent value for their win.  Ascot, however, won’t have long to lick their wounds; the two sides meet again at the Racecourse on 23 February in a league game.

 

Team. Dave Lyons, Chris Ferdinand, Neil Corbett, Lawrence Munns, Mike Tomlinson, Phil White, Tim Standing, John Nutter, Stuart Tanfield, Adam Moroney, Ian Davies

Subs. Adam Fennell, Jamie Burgess, Ben Standing.

Ascot United 1st X1 Veterans0

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