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Lydney Town
Ascot United
L Halford (10'), D Morley-Lyne (30'), F Johnson (55')
Full time
L Kassim (22', 48'), D Price (70')
Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - UHLSPORT Hellenic League - UHL Premier Division

Town hold leaders

Lydney knock Ascot off top

League leaders Ascot Utd arrived at the Rec on Saturday but they ended the day knocked off the top. With top scorer Lewis Thompson, midfielder Jake Morgan and defender Sam Elliott all unavailable Lydney gave starts to on loan Cheltenham keeper Ollie Hall and Cinderford Town striker Robbie Atkinson. Ross Gabriel, Keelan Hamblett, Frankie Johnson, Rich Thomas and Sam Wines made up the bench.

After Ascot striker Harry Laflin had volleyed wide on 6 minutes, Lydney went in front 4 minutes later. When Declan Morley-Lyne sent a flicked header into the path of Lewis Halford the speedy winger poked the ball beyond keeper Lee Allen. Lydney piled forward and could have had a second. Jack Rutter sent in a trademark free-kick but Morley-Lyne was unable to control and the ball bounced over the bar. At the other end Ascot's Christopher Ellis possessed the longest throw-in's ever witnessed at The Rec and his side seemed to over rely on his ability to hit the 6 yard box with everyone he took in Town's half. Fortunately the Lydney defence of Rutter, Sheppard, Baldwin and Handley backed up by keeper Hall managed to cope with the threat.

The league leaders drew level on 22 minutes. Lydney failed to prevent a cross from the right and Luqman Kassim had a free header from 6 yards. With spirits lifted the Berkshire outfit upped the pace and Laflin should have scored a second. With the goal gaping he screwed his effort horribly wide.

Town made them pay for the miss on the half hour mark. Some terrific work from Board and Sheen in midfield enabled Morley-Lyne to break clear of his marker. Town's inform striker pulled wide and hammered a superb drive past Allen. Lewis Halford pulled up with a tight hamstring just before the break and Frankie Johnson replaced him.
The second half continued to flow and Ascot levelled for a second time only 3 minutes in. Kassim found space just inside the area and scored with the aid of a deflection.
Undeterred, once again Lydney pushed on. They earned their reward on 55 minutes. Atkinson fed Man of the Match Jack Rutter down the right flank and his superb clipped cross was thumped home by Frankie Johnson. Ascot piled forward again and from another monster throw by Elliss central defender Fabian Eitienne put a free header over the top. The visitors levelled for a 3rd and final time with 20 minutes left. Following a goalmouth scramble Daniel Price fired home with the aid of another deflection. Ross Gabriel came off the bench to replace Board for the final quarter.
The game could have gone either way after the equaliser with both keepers tested in a frantic finish. Hall made a superb stop from a Sankoh volley, while at the other end Morley-Lyne's header was cleared off the line by Ellis.
Brackley Town's win at Longlevens saw them leapfrog Ascot into top spot and Lydney's next game is at Tuffley Rovers on Boxing day.

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Jack Rutter

Player of the Match

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Key moments

10:00
Goal Lewis Halford scores for Lydney Town
22:00
Goal Luqman Kassim scores for Ascot United
30:00
Goal Declan Morley-Lyne scores for Lydney Town
48:00
Goal Luqman Kassim scores for Ascot United
55:00
Goal Frankie Johnson scores for Lydney Town
70:00
Goal Dan Price scores for Ascot United

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jack Rutter is awarded player of the match for Lydney Town
85:00 Yellow Card
Ross Gabriel is yellow carded for Lydney Town
72:00 Sub Off
Matt Board is substituted off for Lydney Town
72:00 Sub On
Ross Gabriel is substituted on for Lydney Town
70:00 Goal 3 - 3
Dan Price scores for Ascot United
55:00 Assist
Jack Rutter makes an assist for Lydney Town
55:00 Goal 3 - 2
Frankie Johnson scores for Lydney Town
48:00 Goal 2 - 2
Luqman Kassim scores for Ascot United
End of period 1
35:00 Sub Off
Lewis Halford is substituted off for Lydney Town
35:00 Sub On
Frankie Johnson is substituted on for Lydney Town
30:00 Goal 2 - 1
Declan Morley-Lyne scores for Lydney Town
22:00 Goal 1 - 1
Luqman Kassim scores for Ascot United
10:00 Assist
Declan Morley-Lyne makes an assist for Lydney Town
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lewis Halford scores for Lydney Town
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As it happened

  • Lydney Town
  • Ascot United
  • 0
  • Declan Morley-Lyne Assist 10:00'
  • Lewis Halford Goal 10:00'
  • Luqman Kassim Goal 22:00'
  • Declan Morley-Lyne Goal 30:00'
  • Lewis Halford Sub Off 35:00'
  • Frankie Johnson Sub On 35:00'
  • Luqman Kassim Goal 48:00'
  • Jack Rutter Assist 55:00'
  • Frankie Johnson Goal 55:00'
  • Dan Price Goal 70:00'
  • Matt Board Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ross Gabriel Sub On 72:00'
  • Ross Gabriel Yellow Card 85:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Royal Wootton Bassett Town 27 39
7. Flackwell Heath 22 34
8. Lydney Town 22 32
9. Fairford Town 25 32
10. Binfield 19 30
11. Virginia Water 22 30
12. Shrivenham 23 30

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