|22/04/2023||15:00||West London Veterans Football League||2022-2023|
The second game got away quite quickly after the first game in an attempt to reduce risk injury. Ascot made five changes to the starting line up from the earlier game.
The game was not that great as there were some tired legs on both sides and Ascot were clearly stronger and that can often work against the flow of the game. Another chat about the importance of a clean sheet lasted around 30 seconds after a couple of hiccups at the back led to a Poly free kick on the edge of the box. Clipped in for a pretty soft goal and a very soft start. Ian’s response was excellent as he chased down the defender and won the ball on the byline. A cut back and Adam despatched the equaliser and it was 1-1 after 2 minutes. Ascot were pretty sloppy this half and Poly nearly took the lead from a free kick which was deflected just wide. WIth 5 minutes to half time Ian got in behind the defender again and this time pulled it back for Chris who took a touch to cut inside the defender and produced a cultured left foot finish according to the lads on the bench.
2-1 at half time. A closer half than the last game as Ascot just over complicated things a bit. A few changes to rest the legs of the lads who had now down one and a half matches. Except for Neil who was left on because he can’t play next week.
Ascot improved in the second half and took the game away from the Poly. Neil drive through from the back and set back for Phil who finished with similar aplomb to Chris’s first half effort. Then rest of the game was left for Ian who scored his first goals for Ascot United Vets. Tommo picked him out and he turned his defender inside out before lashing it into the roof of the net. The defender did look a little dizzy as he fell over. Poly pulled one back and then Ian finished off a nice move as Sam broke free and beat his defender wide left and placed a deep cross which Ian took in his stride, turned the defender again and it was 5-2 and done.
Credit goes to the whole squad for coming through a double header and after playing a tough game on Wednesday evening too. 3 games in 3 days seems a lot for Vets football.
Ascot United Vets 2nd XI drew today so that makes it a 7 point Saturday for the Vets. Will that ever be beaten.
Squad : Cobby, Tomlinson, Lunn, Corbett, Woozley, Watney, Birkett, T Standing, Underwood, Davies, Moroney, Ferdinand (ht), McIntyre (ht), Standing (50), White (50), Keough