League

Ascor United 3 - Edgware Town 1

 

Combined Counties Premier Division North
Ascot United 3 - Edgware Town 1

22nd January 2022

In the end this was a comfortable win for the Yellamen even though the Wares had more possession and more shots than their hosts but it is what you do with the possession that counts and the Yellamen made Edgware pay for that. most of the problems came down the wings with Lock and Surpanu causing problems all game long with their pace and energy and they both did their fair share of defensive work helping out their full backs when the Wares were attacking. A fairly even start to the first half with Ascot as they did all game closing down the Wares early and forcing them backwards on 9 minutes Sony-Bruce hit the post and Waite had the followup blocked by a defender and Morgan had an effort saved by Green on 16 minutes but on 16 minutes Ascot got the breakthrough, The Wares gave away possession in midfield and Lafin found the dangerous Morgan with a fine through ball and he took the ball forward, Green forced Morgan wide but couldn’t stop his shot going in 1-0 Ascot.
Two Ascot players picked up yellows for heavy fouls on Odusoga and Sony-Bruce and on 35 minutes the Wares equalised, from a corner Khadum played a short ball to Bounyafe who drilled the ball to the near post where Sony-Bruce was on hand to tap in 1-1 but that was not to last long, from kick off Ascot broke down the Wares left and Lock lofted a cross into the box and Ellery under pressure from Surpanu put the ball into his own net,the half ended with both teams trading shots 2-1 Ascot at the break.

The second half started like the first with both teams having shots won goal but Ascot looked the more dangerous especially with Ellia using his long throw to good effect, taking advantage of the Yellamen’s superior height in the box but there was not too much goalmouth action, there was a penalty shout for Ascot when they thought that a Ware had handled and they surrounded the ref who was having none of it and Lafin did have the ball in the net but again the ref blew for a foul but on 70 minutes the inevitable height superiority finally paid off when another Lock cross was headed in at the far post by Lafin 3-1 Ascot, 5 minutes later Bitsindou had a golden opportunity to score from a corner but managed to send his header over the bar. In injury time the Wares had four good chances to score Khadum, Waite and Ellery all having shots saved and with the last kick of the game Khadum curled a beauty of a free kick onto a post with no-one following up but it would have made no difference to the final score.

Overall if the two posts had gone in it would have been a very creditable draw but Ascot defended very well and used their wingers and their height to very good effect so onto the next game at home to Wokingham & Emmbrook on Saturday 29th.