The Sun Shines On The Yellamen!

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Brendan Matthew in action against AEK Boco in the 2022/23 FA Vase Photo: Shooting Stars

This weekend, the Yellamen travelled away to the Countryside Stadium as they looked to progress into the 3rd round of the FA Vase against Broadbridge Heath.

After a respectful minute’s silence, the referee blew his whistle and the game was underway.

The first chance of the encounter fell to Keaton August as he picked up the ball on the edge of the box and dragged his shot just past the far post. 

End to end action in the first fifteen minutes of the game with both sides evenly matched. No one able to produce a moment of magic for either side. 

A big chance for Broadbridge! In the 15th minute Sam Lemon was one on one with Jamie Ashdown and was closed down quickly with a brilliant and brave save.

Best chance of the game so far! Sam Lemon received a beautiful cross from Broadbridge’s number nine Alex Barbary but panicked under brilliant defensive pressure from George Lock leading to a goal kick for Ascot. 

In the 26th minute Brendan Matthew received the first yellow card of the game. Ryan Brackpool attempted to drive forward with the ball, Brendan pulled him down out of pure frustration. 

Goal for the Yellamen! A delicate through ball from Ollie Harris found Keaton August’s feet. He drove forward towards the goal and attempted to find the bottom corner. Liam Matthews produced a great save but fortunately for Ascot the ball ricocheted back onto Keaton’s knee and the ball floated into the back of the net.(32nd minute) 

Another one for Ascot! In the 39th minute Jordan Ajanlekoko made an aggressive run which resulted in the ball being cut back to Brendan Matthew, he laid the ball off to Ollie Harris and after a slick body faint he hammered the ball into the bottom left corner.

In the aftermath of the goal the keeper Liam Matthews had too much to say to the referee. Yellow card. 

That was it for the first half.

The teams emerged from the changing rooms and the second half began. 

A brilliant chance for Ascot to start the half. A long throw by Calam Gallimore was flicked on by AJ but no Ascot player was there to head home.

After a good passing move by the Yellamen, Keaton laid the ball of to Ollie Harris whose well struck strike was brilliantly saved by Liam Matthews. 

A good chance for Keaton. He tried an audacious chip over the keeper’s head but the ball just didn’t dip in time to find the back of the net. Great effort. 

Broadbridge Heath had 10 minutes of very positive play. Chances being created often but none were converted thanks to some brave defending from Ascot. In particular one chance that really caught the eye was a powerful strike from Ryan Brackpool, he carried the ball forwards before unleashing a cracking strike from 25 yards out. Jamie Ashdown was there to produce a spectacular diving save.

3-0 to the Yellas! Brendan Matthew pounced on an under hit back pass from Ryan Brackpool. Brendan took the ball past the goalkeeper before slotting the ball into an empty net. (90th minute)

Ollie Harris received an unnecessary yellow card in the 93rd minute for kicking the ball away.

Full time! Ascot progress to the 3rd round of the FA Vase after an emphatic win away in West Sussex. 

Ascot United: Ashdown, Lock, Gallimore, Gerrard, Ajanlekoko, A Grant, Tucker ( Ellis 68), August ( McCormack 75), H Grant, Matthew (Thompson 90), Harris. 

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