|ASCOT PEGGED BACK BY ABINGDON
Yellamen thwarted again in 2-2 draw
Ascot United were held to a two-all draw against lowly Abingdon United on Tuesday, their third such result against relegation-haunted opposition in less than three weeks.
Abingdon arrived at the Racecourse bottom of the league, but they had shown potential in September’s reverse fixture – which Ascot won 4-2 – by scoring two late goals in a promising last ten minutes.
Ascot dominated the first half and Louis Bouwers headed over early-on, Harry Laflin shot over and Nathan Minhas’s effort was cleared off the line.
Lee Allen denied Abingdon when faced with a one-on-one in a rare attack from the visitors, before Jean-Claude Etienne cut in from the right and fired past Jack Pritchard to give the hosts a 38th minute lead. Minhas might then have added a second before the break, only for Pritchard’s double save to deny him.
In the second half, Minhas blasted over after good work from Dan Price, before Abingdon turned the game on its head with two goals inside three minutes midway through the half.
However, Minhas preserved his goal-a-game record with a late penalty to drag Ascot level – 85 minutes played – although Luqman Kassim might have nicked it at the death with a glancing header that went close.
The Yellamen will reflect on another opportunity missed after identical scorelines against both Shrivenham and Tuffley Rovers since 20th October.
Ascot United: Allen, Lock, Haworth, Denton, Bouwers, F Etienne, JC Etienne (Kibaki), Laflin (Hodges), Minhas, Price, Kassim. Subs unused: Boultwood, Carlisle, Sullivan