Ash Utd snatch a point
Bedfont & Feltham 3-3 Ash Utd
Ash United snatched a point at Bedfont & Feltham, after a somewhat controversial sending off by the referee of an Ash player in the 64th minute, threatened to derail what was looking like a 2-1 win for the away side.
The decision was disputed in after-match discussions as to whether a red card and the penalty given against Ash should have been a yellow card, under a change in the Laws of the Game.
Going into the game, Bedfont & Feltham were unbeaten in the league and occupied top slot in the division. Ash United were fourth. In Bedfont & Feltham Manager Adam Bessent's own words, published in the match day programme, the home side "...were aware it will be one of our toughest tests of the season so far".
In the twenty-fifth minute of the game, Bedfont & Feltham scored the opener and eight minutes later Jake Wilson equalised for Ash. At half-time the score was one apiece.
Ash made two substitutions immediately after half-time and on 52 minutes, Jake Wilson had his and Ash's second goal, to make it 2-1 to the away side. Bedfont & Feltham equalised on 63 minutes and then came the controversy. Within 2 minutes of the equaliser, Bedfont & Feltham scored the penalty for their third, to make it 3-2 to the home side.
Despite playing with 10 men, in around the 86th minute, substitute Neil Hardy smashed home a free kick from something like 35 yards, to gain Ash an equaliser that, on the balance of play at the time, didn't look very likely. Final score 3-3, with both sides maintaining their unbeaten league run.
Team: Kipping; Nwaubani, Bale, Holmes, Devanney, Lally, Cairns, Whitehouse, Wilson, Fitzgerald, Williams. Substitutes: Cracknell, Hardy, Hamill, Dixon, Charlton.