Game ended at one-all following serious injury to Wembley player
A serious injury to visiting defender Ethan Tyrer – itself in injury time – forced Ascot United’s game home game with Wembley to be abandoned on Saturday. With the scores level at one-all and Wembley already down to ten men, the Yellamen were looking to capitalize on what would have been twelve minutes of stoppage time only for the referee to make a delayed – albeit correct – call to end proceedings
Tyrer was on the end of a clattering to the head and neck from his own ‘keeper Raheem Bellrave after Bellrave had punched clear, although Tyrer was clearly in a stricken state before players and officials raced to turn him onto his side before nursing him as he regained consciousness.
As for the game itself, Ascot manager Jamie Tompkins named an unusual-looking starting line-up, partly due to a raft of unavailability with Denton, Davies, Masters, Ferguson and Evans all missing. However, this paved the way for a glut of youngsters in the squad and one of them – Ollie Graham – would impress in an entertaining first half.
Sam Gray did well to deny Wembley’s Qasim Kahn in the seventh minute and would later gleefully save the same striker’s weak effort when Yassine Fehmi-Gil had thumped the ball clear for him to race onto, albeit under pressure from Ascot’s Dan Bailey.
In between those efforts Harry Laflin should have converted Chris Ellis’s long throw-in from virtually under the crossbar and a later Ellis throw-in would bounce off the crossbar for Keaton August, who saw his effort inadvertently blocked by an apologetic Bailey.
Sean McCormack’s deflected effort just before the break brought an unorthodox save from visiting ‘keeper Bellrave, but his side went up the other end and Jauarn Bernard squeezed his effort in at the second attempt from a tight angle to give them a one-nil lead. But the drama didn’t end there as Fehmi-Gil was dismissed after the whistle for his remonstrations with the referee, leaving Wembley a man short for the second half.
Despite only having ten men, Wembley almost doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when Gray’s sensational low save tipped Bernard’s effort around his right hand-post following another counter-attack.
There would be controversy in the 71st minute when Ellis’s throw-in looked to have been touched before crossing the goal-line only for the assistant referee to make a late call in raising his flag – chalking off what looked like an equaliser – although The Yellamen finally found a way through when George Lock’s brilliant first touched opened the door for his own cross-shot that was bundled in at the far post via a combination of woodwork and Laflin; 7 minutes of regulation time remaining.
Sixteen-year-old striker Alex Hall made his debut after his impressive form in the Under 18 side and even Louis Bouwers made a return from injury, but after the late injury and having already waited twenty minutes for an ambulance, enough was enough for the officials.
The two sides will hope for a more serene affair when they do it all again at a later date.
Image is Tom Scott in action (shooting-stars.co.uk).
Ascot United: Gray, Lock, Surpanu (Hall), Scott, Bailey, Ellis (Bouwers), McCormack, Graham (Nice), Morgan, Laflin, August. Subs unused: Thompson, Sykes