|DERBY DELIGHT FOR ASCOT
Yellamen beat Windsor 4-2
Nathan Minhas and Jean-Claude Etienne both scored twice as Ascot United finally shrugged off spirited Windsor in an entertaining local derby on Saturday. The Yellamen led 2-0 and 3-1 before being pegged back to within a goal, although Minhas netted late on to finally end the Royalists’ resolve.
Windsor arrived in fine form having been unbeaten in seven matches – conceding just one goal in the process since their 2-0 reverse against the Yellamen in October - whereas Ascot were looking to build on their midweek win over Reading City and end their recent patchy form.
And, Ascot made a mockery of the visitors’ defensive record by racing into a two-nil lead inside five minutes, only to be left clinging on to a single goal advantage at the break as Windsor fought back.
The first goal arrived in the third minute when Chris Ellis’s long throw was flicked on by Louis Bouwers, Minhas rifled the ball back across the box, and Etienne tapped home at the far post.
Their second goal moments later was a more difficult effort, Etienne showed great technique to spin and shoot into the left corner; Harry Laflin this time the provider.
In a crazy opening spell Windsor hit straight back when George Gould nodded home unmarked from a corner – seven minutes played – although the half was devoid of further clear chances for fully twenty minutes.
With that spell the visitors knocked the ball around well - largely inspired by ex-Yellamen Paul Coyne - and his 35th minute pass into the box picked out Andrew Ingram, only for Lee Allen to block his effort.
Before that, Windsor defender Victor Ocansey was fortunate to escape unpunished when he handled on the ground as Minhas tousled for possession, and Minhas would later volley wide when given the chance to make it 3-1 after an errant defensive slip in the Windsor defence.
Bouwers blocked Dan Roberts’ angled shot for Windsor late in the half, but Ascot clung onto their lead at the break.
The Yellamen were gifted a third goal two minutes after the restart when Huge Sobte miskicked his drop-kick clearance, the ball rolled to Minhas, and he nonchalantly scooped the ball back over the embarrassed Sobte.
Windsor continued to probe, and cut the arrears again midway through the half when defender Victor Ocansey slammed home from close range following a melee in the Ascot penalty area.
However, the Yellamen defended resolutely and finally wrapped up the game when Minhas raced onto Bouwers’ thunderous clearance late-on had too much strength for defender Luke Brooks-Smith, before tucking the ball past Sobte.
It was a well-earned win for the home side, whereas Windsor will need to improve when their FA Vase adventure continues next week at Erith.
Ascot United: Allen, Lock, Haworth, Sullivan (Price), Bouwers, Ellis, Kassim (Carey), Denton, Minhas, Laflin, JC Etienne(Kibaki). Subs unused: F Etienne, Hodges