|ASCOT WELL BEATEN BY LYDNEY
Severnsiders win 3-0 in day to forget for Yellamen
Ascot United’s longest away trip of the season left them with much to contemplate on the way home after falling to strugglers Lydney Town. Trailing 2-0 at the break, the Yellamen might have had a lifeline had Phil Silva’s second-half header been anywhere other than straight at the home ‘keeper, but it as it turned out they would concede another goal at the death, in comical circumstances.
The first chance of the game fell to Rob Lazarczuk after eight minutes, but the visitors’ top scorer saw his effort saved.
However, the home side took the lead two minutes later Ross Gabriel fired under Lee Allen after the visitors had lost possession.
In the 16th minute it was nearly 2-0 when Declan Morley-Lyne ran through and shot just wide of the right-hand post, but Ross Lyndsay showed him the way eight minutes before the break with a shot into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Da Silva’s moment came midway through the second half – and his failure to convert was compounded when his side were forced into a change when captain and defender Louis Bouwers went off injured just two minutes later.
Ben Hodges might still have set up a grandstand finale with a 20-yard effort that whistled just past the post - 89 minutes played, but the home side killed the game off moments later when Matt Board scored. However, it was the poor Ascot throw-in, lost possession and inability to prevent the Board from scoring with two covering defenders, all part of the build-up, that is best relegated to the archives.
Next up for the Yellamen are Pewsey Vale in the cup this Thursday, with the Racecourse the venue.
Ascot United: Allen, Cooper, Boultwood, Bouwers (Lock), Wensley, Carlisle, Hodges, Hall, Goodey, Lazarczuk, Da Silva. Sub unused: Regragui