|ASCOT SHRUG OFF CB HOUNSLOW 3-2
Yellamen pegged back at 2-2 before penalty winner
Ascot United eventually overcame a dogged CB Hounslow side on Saturday to maintain their position at the top of the Combined Counties League. The Yellamen had led 2-0 at half time before being pegged back at 2-2, before Harry Laflin scored a late winner from the penalty spot.
Early-on, Luqman Kassim saw a shot tipped over and Louis Bouwers headed onto a post, but Kassim gave his side the lead in the fourteenth minute with a smart shot on the turn following Usman Lalustani’s cross.
Ian Davies doubled the lead midway through the half with a deflected header from Ben Hodges’ fine deep cross, and a dominant Ascot might have scored again had Davies not prodded over before ‘keeper Harry Churchill saved smartly from both Lalustani and Kassim.
Hounslow had their moments – Sam Gray beat Dominic Simpson’s cross-cum-shot away just before Davies’s goal for Ascot – and striker Pierre Morin should have done better than blaze over ten minutes before the break after he had done well to create the space for his shot.
Whatever Hounslow had in their half-time tea, manager Barry Chapman will want to bottle for future use.
The second half was only five minutes old when Morin was desperately unlucky to find the inside of a post, but when defender Billy Roach’s shot found the inside of the same post four minutes later it was fully deserved when the ball this time nestled in the back of the net.
Harrison Livingstone then saw a shot easily saved but the visitors were rewarded for their industry when they won a 70th minute penalty; Livingstone converting to level the scores.
But, the home side responded by upping their gear – and the game duly swung back in their favour. After a spell of pressure, substitute Jon Bennett would regain possession and skip into the penalty area – was hauled down by Churchill – and Laflin buried the resultant spot-kick to make it 3-2; 76 minutes played.
A tetchy final fifteen minutes saw Dunnell King sin-binned for dissent, but the punctuated play did little for the prospect of clear-cut chances and Ascot easily saw the game out to increase their lead to five points at the top of the table.
Ascot United: Gray, Lock, Denton, Carey, Bouwers, Etienne, Kassim, Hodges (Higgs 63’), Davies (Bennett 63’), Laflin (Hoar 90’), Lalustani. Subs not used: Burden, Flanighan