Ascot United 1st XI Veterans v Kew Park Rangers Veterans

08/03/2024

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DateTimeLeagueSeason
08/03/202419:45West London Veterans Football League2023-2024

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

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8 March 2024

Ascot United 6-1 Kew Park Rangers

 

Ascot United returned to winning ways on 8 March 2024, trouncing Kew Park Rangers (KPR) 6-1. Ian Davies was at the centre of everything Ascot did going forward, and the number nine helped himself to four goals….and there could certainly have been more. Indeed, one of the questions that the watching masses, all eight of them, were asking at the end was how the Yellas had somehow managed to miss as many chances as they did.

 

Ascot have got a good record against KPR, although there have been times in the past when they guys from West London have still run Ascot pretty close. In truth, Friday night never quite looked like it was going to be one of those times.

 

Right from the get-go Ascot dominated the ball and started to create chances. Lots of chances. Stuart Tanfield was causing havoc down the left whilst Mikey Lewis was jinking his way merrily through the middle. The only real surprise was that it took the best part of half an hour for the first goal to come.

 

Before then Paul Woodford had hit the post, Ian Davies had had shots deflected wide and the visiting ‘keeper had made a plethora of decent saves. Eventually, the dam nonetheless burst. Loz Munns won a header on the half-way line, Adam Moroney broke down the right and Mikey Lewis neatly tucked the ball away from the edge of the box.

 

Much as with the England batting in India this winter, onceone goes plenty more seem to follow. Kew, to be fair to them, did miss a guilt-edged chance when one of their midfielders put a header wide from six yards, but Ascot went right up the other end and stretched their lead to 2-0 and then almost immediately 3-0. Ian Davies scored both. The keeper gifted the second on a plate for Davies, but the third goal of the game was a nicely worked move where the striker slid in to guide the final ball into the net.

 

The pattern remained much the same in the second half. Sam McIntyre entered the fray on the left and performed like a raging bull on heat. The KPR defence had no real idea what to do with him.

 

It was nonetheless Mikey Lewis who was the catalyst for the fourth goal of the evening; he cut in from the left, nutmegged an opponent beautifully and then fired in a shot from 25 yards. The keeper could only parry it to Davies who made no mistake. A hat-trick for Davies and there was still half an hour left.

 

Others nonetheless popped up and tried to get into the goal-scoring action; Mike Tomlinson transformed into ‘Tommadona’, jinking his way past three only to be foiled when he couldn’t quite get his shot away. Nigel Gatehouse curled a decent effort in from outside the box that the keeper had to scramble away, whilst Neil Corbett periodically careered into the area at an ever-increasing rate of knots.

 

The fifth goal was not, however, a thing of beauty. Adam Moroney and Mikey Lewis found themselves clean through and with the freedom of the parish. Neither could finish and it looked like the Kew stopper had somehow kept them at bay…..only for a gallant home defender to get back in and…..put the ball in his own net. A goal of the season contender it was most certainly not.

 

KPR, to their credit, kept going, but ultimately it was a defensive mistake by Ascot that gifted them their goal. 5-1 and time ticking down.

 

There was, however, time for one final goal and that came from the penalty spot. Corbett put in another lung busting run only to have his legs removed as he went past a defender. As penalties go, it was as clear cut as you’ll ever get. Ian Davies, the penalty taker extraordinaire, stepped up and made no mistake. 6-1 and job done.

 

Ascot were forward-looking and at times the pressure that they put on Kew was relentless. The only thing gaffer Jon Keough will have been annoyed about was the profligate finishing. At one stage it felt like half of the 10 balls to hand were somewhere between the football ground and the main stand at the racecourse……

 

Team. Dave Lyons, Stuart Birkett, Stuart Tanfield, Neil Corbett, Chris Ferdinand, Loz Munns, Mike Tomlinson, Paul Woodford, Mikey Lewis, Adam Moroney, Ian Davies.

Subs. Jamie Burgess, Nigel Gatehouse, Sam McIntyre.

Goals. Ian Davies (4, incl. 1 pen), Mikey Lewis, own goal.

Ascot United 1st X1 Veterans6

Kew Park Rangers Veterans1

Ground

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