|BRIMSCOMBE BEAT ASCOT IN SIX POINTER
Yellamen undone 3-1 in Gloucestershire
Brimscombe and Thrupp came from behind to do the double over Ascot United on Saturday. The Yellamen led courtesy of captain Louis Bouwers, but the industrious hosts bounced back with two world-class strikes to inflict a second 3-1 defeat over Ascot this season.
Playing their first match since top scorer Nathan Minhas’s move to Billericay, the Yellamen welcomed Ryan Debattista into the starting line-up, although it was the home side who were forced to reshuffle early-on after striker Jack Smith hobbled off with barely ten minutes played.
Before that, Bouwers had seen his flick-header from a Chris Ellis throw-in easily saved by Ash Gale inside two minutes as Ascot threatened first, although The Lilywhites looked increasingly dangerous and Dan Hill and Ollie Pitt would both shoot wide.
Josh Jones’ delicious-looking effort swerved comfortably into Lee Allen’s arms as the hosts continued to busy themselves, although Dan Price would signal Ascot’s intent with drop of the shoulder and run that ended with an ultimately poor shot over the bar.
However, Bouwers would give Ascot a 26th minute lead with a powerful header from Jonny Denton’s corner – Geoff Kibaki had earlier won the set-play – although the rest of the half would belong to Brimscombe.
Firstly, substitute Sam Blackie rifled an angled shot high into the side-netting before Pitt’s dangerous cross through the six-yard box was cleared – Ash Caldwell picking him out with a fabulous long-range pass – but they were level four minutes before the break when Blackie poked into an empty net after Horrell had squared from a quickly taken throw-in.
The home side emerged with vigour to dominate the opening stages of the second half and were rewarded after a crushing two-minute spell. Caldwell’s effort was cleared off the line from Pitt’s free-kick, before the ball was recycled and Jake Parrott’s near post cross cannoned back of the upright – although in the ensuing passage of play Pitt unleashed a simply unstoppable left-footed effort from outside the box that curled into the top left with Allen clawing at air.
Allen then did well to get down and save Harrison Reeves’ effort after the tricky winger had wriggled an opening for a shot, before producing a flying save to somehow claw away Kyle Pitts’ header.
The home side were rewarded for their pressure after 81 minutes when Chris Ellis was adjudged to have fouled – despite winning the ball with a tackle on the margins of legality – but Horrell showed no mercy with an exquisite free kick that cannoned in off the angle of the left-hand post and bar.
Ascot’s best chance came from a Laflin first-time shot that Gale did well to claw away – man-of-the-match Kibaki the provider – and Ascot will now look to bounce back in Monday’s local derby at Binfield.
Ascot United: Allen, Kibaki, Haworth, Denton (Regragui), Bouwers, Ellis, Sankoh, Laflin, Debattista (Lalustani), Price (Sullivan), Kassim. Subs unused: Lock, Carlisle