Bumper crowd treated to attacking football

PUBLISHED: 08:44 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:44 11 October 2017

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A bumper crowd at Ashton & Backwell United were treated to an excellent display of attacking football from both sides.

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A local derby and a bumper crowd of 225 were treated to a high energy display of attacking football from both sides.

First, the goals: on 40 minutes the hosts took the lead. Allen and Skidmore’s move won a corner, which the former took and fed a falling Skidmore, not before he had struck the ball, courtesy of the woodwork, into the back of the net.

On 57 minutes, Skidmore won a corner, from which Walker skilfully moved the ball along the goal line, his thundering cross finding Skidmore’s head.

Thirteen minutes from time Bishops won a corner, from which Rendell directed the ball into the Stags’ net. And that is how it remained until the final whistle after six added minutes, the Stags keeping their heads and their lead when skipper Thomas received two yellow cards in quick succession.

Coombes in the home goal was kept busy all evening, both in direct saves and also acting a sweeper for the back four in thwarting away attacks. Even when Coombes was beaten, all the defence were there to help, a Read header off the line saving a certain score.

The midfield, both defensively and in attack, showed much greater purpose and it was their greater dominance in midfield that was the platform of attack missing in recent weeks.

The Stags maintain their unbeaten home record and let’s hope that renewed vigour carries on when they face Keynsham Town at home on Tuesday in the Western League.

Team: Coombes, Bishop (C Biggins 79), Walker, Crouch; Read, Saunders, McCormack (Hardidge 76), Thomas (c), Skidmore (Radnedge 89), Allen, C Biggins

Subs: Hardidge, Hemmings, Sollers.

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