|Racecourse Ground 3G 11-a-side|
|Sunninghill and Ascot, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, South East, England, United Kingdom|
Ascot United Vets 1st XI v Woodley United Vets
A light drizzle before the game added a little bit of pace to the pitch and resulted in an entertaining evening of pre-season football for Ascot and Woodley. A few new faces in the Ascot line up with first appearances for Nick Beard in goal and Mikey Lewis in midfield. Both lads fitted in really well and you could see the glimpses of the quality that they will both bring. A squad of 15 all got to good run out and got the blood pumping round the body.
Rusty in parts and a lacking a little patience in the final third, Ascot dominated possession but didn’t create as many clear chances as they could’ve done. Nick settled in well and his communication was excellent. Woodley had a threat with their quick transitions and looked to punish Ascot whenever the ball was turned over. There were one or two very good Ascot moves when the ball was kept and recycled creating bigger gaps as Woodley were dragged from side to side. Following great high pressure by Sam and Adam, Sam gave Ascot the lead on 30 minutes with a close range finish from Adam’s pass. A quick break on transition and previously being thwarted by the Ascot defence, this time the striker got in on the blind side running onto to a nice through ball and neatly finished to make it 1-1 on 32 minutes.
There were good players all over the pitch on both sides but in the second half Ascot were more dominant and created better chances. You could see that Woodley had put in a lot of effort in the first half and perhaps this was now having an effect. They dropped a little deeper and pressed a little lower. They did still retain their threat on transition.
Lots of changes on 55mins. Ryan, Nige, Adam A, Garyth, and Dwaine all coming on the pitch. Ascot’s ball retention and ball speed increased and gaps were opening up. Nick was called on to make a couple of excellent saves from Woodley breaks but Sam got the winner. A good corner from Phil and Sam heading in from close range.
In the last 10 minutes, Ascot showed more maturity in keeping the ball and moving it around the whole pitch. Woodley worked hard to try and get it back but that wasn’t how it was going to finish.
A good run out and some good habits being formed
Beard, Ferdinand, Woozley, Lunn, White, Watney, Tomlinson, Lewis, Underwood, Moroney, McIntyre; Joseph, Gatehouse, Abusweder, Brant, Bryan