Ascot United 2nd XI Veterans vs Old Tiffinians Veterans



09/02/202419:45West London Veterans Football League2023-2024


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


9 February 2024

Ascot United IIs 4-1 Old Lyonians


Four first half goals were enough to see Ascot United return to winning ways in their encounter with an ever-willing Old Lyonians. All four goals were decent, although the team effort that ultimately led to Steve Dando racing in at the back post to slot home was probably the pick of them. Good stuff.


Back in October Ascot United Vets’ 2nd XI travelled to Harrow to play Old Lyonians in their first encounter of the 2023-24 campaign. Ascot came a veritable cropper. A goalkeeping crisis meant that Adam Abusweder and Nigel Gatehouse ended up sharing goalkeeping duties, and Ascot had one of those days where nothing seemed to go right. Lyonians won 4-3.


The return fixture at the Racecourse on 9 February had an altogether different feel to it. For starters, Ascot not only had good availability, they thankfully also had a goalkeeper to call on. In fact, they had two, with both Eryk Nawala and Rob Stockford being available. Nawala, Ascot’s version of Jan Tomaszewski (google him), very graciously stepped aside to let Stockford – now fighting fit following the broken ankle he suffered in game one of the season back in September – go between the sticks.


For the first half hour Stockford had little to do. Lyonianslooked like they had the ability to cause problems on the break, but it was Ascot who got out of the blocks quicker. Ten minutes in and Jon Bennett reacted quickest from a corner to slam the first goal of the evening home, whilst Dwaine Bryan then fired a bullet-like left-footer into the corner following a mazy run and pull back from Adam Fennell.


Fennell himself then got into the scoring act, showing hip-movement that wouldn’t have looked out of place on Strictly, waltzing round two defenders before calmly slotting home at the near post. Ascot’s dominance was rounded off with a fine team goal (that started off all the way back with Stockford) that Steve Dando gleefully rounded off at the back post.


At that stage it looked complete carnage might be on the cards. But, that’s not quite how it transpired. Lyonians, to their credit, dug in and made things as difficult as they could for their hosts, whilst Ascot rung the changes.


Those changes arguably made Ascot a bit more clunky, but that didn’t stop them having more of the ball and spending most of the time in the visitors’ half. Be that as it may, thefifth goal just wouldn’t come; Carl Collins and Paul Woodford fired long-range efforts just over, Dan Hough shanked one that ended up nearer the corner flag than the back of the net and Leon Palmer-Wilson and Mickey Parker (another who seemed to suddenly have brought his dancing shoes as he twinkletoed his way through the defence only to be thwarted by the Lyonians’ keeper) dribbled their way nicely through the Lyonians’ back line.


There was ultimately only the one goal in the second half and Lyonians scored it. Rob Stockford ensured that Lyonians got nothing for free, pulling off an impressive penalty save down to his left following a clumsy tackle in the box. Lyonioansdid, however, get the consolation goal that their play deserved, a long-range effort skimming off the luckless Ryan Joseph and into the net over Stockford.


It mattered not. Islam Hussein and Jez Myhan worked hard up front, whilst Carl Collins and the ever-eager Paul Woodford kept ploughing on in the middle. Darren Lewis snuffled out any and every visiting attack on the left, whilst the central defensive troika of Munns, Gatehouse and Joseph made sure that Lyonians has little room for manoeuvre in the middle.


In truth, this probably isn’t a game that’ll go down in Ascot United folklore. But, Ascot United’s Vets 2nd string took the strain, did what they had to do….and scored four pretty decent goals along the way.


Special shout out to debutant (in the Vets’ section, anyway) referee Justin Staniforth. Rock solid performance.


The twos are on the road in their next game. They visit top of the table Jamrock. Should be an interesting one…..


Team. Rob Stockford, Dan Hough, Steve Dando, Ryan Joseph, Laurence Munns, Nigel Gatehouse, Paul Woodford (c), Leon Palmer-Wilson, Adam Fennell, Jon Bennett and Dwaine Bryan.

Subs. Islam Hussein, Carl Collins, Jez Myhan, Darren Lewis, Mickey Parker

Goals. Jon Bennett, Dwaine Bryan, Adam Fennell, Steve Dando.

Ascot United 2nd X1 Veterans4

Old Lyonians Veterans1


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