Ascot United make the short trip to Stag Meadow, home of Windsor FC, on Saturday looking to extend their winning sequence to seven games.
It’s not a coach trip. But you can take the Green Line 702 bus if you want, and the ‘moneybags’ Ascot crew might even be able to afford an off-peak return ?.
The Yellamen have already beaten Windsor in the county cup this season, and on Tuesday evening they learnt their opposition in the next round as Newport Pagnell Town cruised past Shrivenham 5-0 to set up a 2nd round date at The Racecourse, date t.b.c.
Back to Saturday, and The Royalists have had a torrid time recently. A succession of poor results, including an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Wellingborough Whitworths in the Buildbase FA Vase, has led to disgruntled supporters of a team with a proud history understandably airing their views.
Last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at St Panteleimon made it five games without a win for Mark Cooper, in stark contrast to the first three league games which had yielded three wins.
The Yellamen are, of course, enjoying a good run. And, having bolstered their defensive options following the addition of Adam Everiss and Ben Gill, will go into the game as strong favourites. But local derbies have potential for surprises, and the hosts will certainly want to avenge the county cup defeat, league cup final defeat of 2019, and the league double inflicted on them in the same season.
In other news, the Ascot Allied U18 side were strong in victory over Fleet Town U18s on Tuesday, running out 5-1 winners. And looking ahead, the Ascot United Ladies Reserves welcome Slough Town Ladies back to The Racecourse this Sunday for a league fixture having already beaten them 3-1 in the league cup a few weeks ago. Ascot United Ladies are without a fixture.
Saturday’s full Combined Counties League programme is below, with the top three (Hanworth Villa, St Panteleimon and Southall) all expected to win.
|Edgware Town||v||CB Hounslow United|
|Egham Town||v||Virginia Water|
|North Greenford United||v||Abbey Rangers|
|Reading City||v||Spelthorne Sports|
|Tadley Calleva||v||St Panteleimon|
|Wokingham & Emmbrook||v||Hanworth Villa|