|28/08/2020||19:45||West London Veterans Football League||2020-2021|
|The Racecourse Ground|
|Sunninghill and Ascot, Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead, South East, England, United Kingdom|
5 goals totalling 14 yards
Nice to welcome Uxley back to the racecourse. A good positive start to the game and great to see Leon out there following a year of injury. He created most of the opportunities in the first 20 minutes with some great in-swinging corners which caused real problems for Uxley. A few lax moments in the first half led to a decent chance for Uxley as Ascot watched midfield runners instead of engaging. A corner, a free header and Uxley were unlucky not to take the lead when the ball crashed against the bar.
After 15 minutes, Ascot moved to a back 3 and were able to find a little more width. Stu was creating good situations and put Garyth in and his crossed was just cut out at the near post. On 32minutes, Garyth won the ball from the Uxley defence and slipped it inside to Ben who confidently slid it into the corner for 1-0. First AUFC Vets goal for Ben. Ascot then conceded a penalty for a clear and unnecessary handball and it was 1-1. Mick Parker showed well. Always available on the angle and always keen to receive the ball and move it quickly. Good performance.
An in-swinging free kick from Tim was tucked away by Stu and it was 2-1 at half time.
A rusty half. More composure, fewer touches, shorter passes and faster ball movement required.
Ben Standing came on at half time and had the first chance but the keeper saved well with his feet from a 1 on 1. The ball was moving quicker and shorter with Ascot imposing some control on the game. However, a break from Uxley and an excellent volley from the edge of the box into the top corner brought the game back to 2-2.
After 55 minutes, Ben found Stu who was giving great width on the right and his far post cross was turned in by Leon to give Ascot the lead again. Ascot seemed the fitter side and started to create a few more opportunities. A little more patience could have opened up Uxley more comprehensively. Tim danced through a few players took it round the keeper and squared it for Ben St to tap in. We welcomed Richard Rowe back onto the pitch for his first Vets game in 7 years. A freekick from Tim was parried by the keeper and a great follow up by Carl left him with a simple header for 5-2.
Good to see more players getting miles under their belts.
Harrison, Flurry, Gatehouse, Keough, Parker, Gleave, Brant, Palmer-Wilson, T Standing, Myhan, Spence, B Standing, England, Gavin, Corbett, Rowe