|Whilst Ascot United’s first team manager Jamie Tompkins reflected on Saturday’s win over Colliers Wood United (below), Ascot United Ladies and Ascot United Ladies Reserves both put up good fights on Sunday, but sadly both teams lost by the odd goal on their respective league encounters.
Most impressively, the First Team restricted high-flying Abingdon United to ‘only’ a 2-1 win – no mean feat against the league’s top scorers who are averaging over four goals per game and are now in 2nd place. Abingdon were already 2-0 up before Emma Hutton struck for The Yellawomen in the 90th minute, moments after Darcey Young had hit the post. The result keeps Ascot in 8th as the fixture backlog piles up for Winchester and Warsash below them; the two sides’ clash was postponed on Sunday. Closer to home, the Reserves slipped to a 4-3 reverse against Guildford Saints, a result which puts Saints (7th) five points clear of Ascot (8th).
Back to the Men’s section, reflecting on Saturday’s win, Tompkins was understandably delighted. “Our performance against a top side was superb and it is a testament to the players hard work and commitment as of late. We are in a position where our squad have a strong team morale and that bodes well for us heading into an exciting second half of the season. Also, congratulations to Sam Gray for making his 50th appearance for the club yesterday, he is a great person and I'm pleased we kept a clean sheet to go with it.”
The performances are also starting to reflect in the home attendances which have hit the 100 mark for the past four matches, support which is much appreciated by the squad. Ascot are on the road at Guildford next weekend, before a newly arranged home fixture against Molesey on Tuesday 21st January – the fixtures page is now up to date with all remaining matches.
Image is a collector's item for defender Mitchell Gutteridge - flicking home the opener against Colliers Wood like a seasoned striker (Shooting-stars.co.uk).