|FIVE-STAR ASCOT CRUISE TO READING WIN
Last Laff for Yellamen who return to winning ways
Harry Laflin scored a brace as Ascot United beat Reading City at a sodden Racecourse on Tuesday. In easing to a five-nil win, the Yellamen registered a much-needed first win in four matches.
Whilst most of the crowd took shelter from the incessant rain, both sides contrived to produce a surprisingly entertaining half given the difficult conditions under foot.
However, it was the home side who had the cutting edge, and Laflin’s brace would give the Yellamen was fully deserved two-nil lead at the break. The second of those goals was a tap-in at the end of a fine breakaway move, but his opener was fully home-grown after twisting and turning from foot to foot, before finally hooking his shot into the bottom left.
Earlier, Nathan Minhas had stung Matthew Carr’s palms from distance, and after Laflin had given his side a 14th minute lead, home ‘keeper Lee Allen would tip Adam Cashin Murray’s long-range effort onto the bar to preserve parity.
Reading created little else, and were undone again in the 24th minute when Louis Bouwers and Geoff Kibaki calmly worked the ball out of their own third, Kibaki launched a teasing long-ball forwards for Panjab International Minhas, and he ghosted past his marker before cutting the ball back for Laflin.
Minhas, who had scored in Panjab’s CONIFA international against Yorkshire two days earlier, might have made it three before the break only to slam his shot into the gleeful arms of Carr.
In the second half, the visitors enjoyed a fair spell of pressure early-on, but eventually ran out of ideas after failing to find a way through.
It might have been different had Lamin Ceesay done better with a 53rd minute effort which he skied well over, but they were unable to register another effort.
And, the hosts duly upped their game and added three further goals. Firstly, substitute Jean-Claude Etienne kept his composure to check back onto his right foot and beat Carr after Jonny Denton had turned provider – 78 minutes played – before Chris Ellis turned an unlikely provider for Luqman Kassim to score at the near post four minutes later.
Minhas had earlier been thwarted when Carr turned his shot onto a post, but would not be denied when he raced onto substitute Dan Price’s 89th minute through ball and waited for his moment to cheekily poke it past Carr.
Ascot United: Allen, Kibaki (Hodges), F Etienne (JC Etienne), Sullivan, Bouwers, Ellis, Kassim, Denton, Minhas, Laflin (Price), Haworth. Subs unused: Boultwood, Lock