First Team Record Second 4-0 Win On The Trot
Second Half Goals Sink Ascot
Wantage came into the game full of confidence whilst Ascot are still yet to fully pull away from the relegation zone.
It was the hosts who started on the front foot, and Adam Kirkby, who was to have a nightmare debut for our visitors, fouled Steve Robertson to see a penalty awarded in the 7th minute. Unlike last week Ryan Markham couldn't give us an early goal, with his penalty being well saved by Lee Allen.
The game was very open with both sides creating chances but both teams were guilty of poor final balls. Ben Willoughby almost opened affairs on 14 minutes when bursting free of the visitor’s defence but a heavy final touch allowed Allen to collect before getting a shot away.
It wasn’t one sided though and Rob Lazarczuk’s rasping 19th minute shot had to be tipped over by Curtis Meare, whilst a speculative 40-yarder after Lazarczuk spotted Meare way off his line thankfully drifted wide on 25 minutes.
Wantage threatened through Jim Glover and Jack Powell, but it was our visitors who had the clearest chance on 33 minutes. Matt Jones was set free after a slip by Matt Cheetham and Meare had to be at his very best to tip the ball around the post.
The final chance of the half came in the 43rd minute, Glover driving into the area before squaring to Robertson but a fantastic block by Ascot’s Jonny Denton denied the prolific striker.
The game turned in the hosts favour in first half stoppage time, a coming together between both sets of midfielders saw debutant Kirkby square up to Willoughby and this resulted in a red card, with Willoughby booked for his part.
The second half started with one way traffic and it was soon 1-0 after five minutes of play, the dangerous Powell crossed for Dan Comer to superbly head home. One was soon two, when Jack Dunmall brilliantly controlled another Powell delivery before lifting the ball over the onrushing Allen in the 52nd minute.
Robertson was soon in on the act, again lobbing the ball over Allen after collecting a poor clearance for the strikers’ 30th goal of a superb campaign. 3-0 after 56 minutes and the game was all but over. Unfortunately Powell was injured after a petulant kick out by the visitors’ James Goodey, which fortuitously for Ascot only resulted in a yellow card. His replacement, Joe Grant, then correctly joined Goodey in the note book for a clumsy tackle two minutes after coming on as the game became scrappy.
Wantage found a fourth goal on 74 minutes when Dunmall worked his way down the left flank before crossing for Sam Sheppard who confidently fired across goal for his first goal for the club.
As the game petered out Ascot’s Mo Davies caught Wantage on the counter in the 91st minute and after riding a challenge by Cheetham rolled the ball past Meare. Cheetham did well to catch up with the ball just before it crossed the line and knocked it clear, only for the referee to pull the game back and award a penalty for the initial challenge. The impressive Lazarczuk saw his spot-kick palmed away, and the resulting rebound was brilliantly saved by Meare!
Full time and another 4-0 win for the hosts. A game that Ascot will rue a lack of discipline and a ruthless ten minute second half spell ended the tie as a contest.
WANTAGE TOWN: Curtis Meare, Dan Comer, Paul Alder, Ryan Markham, Matt Cheetham, Chris Jackson ©, Ben Willoughby (Sam Sheppard 67), Jim Glover, Steve Robertson, Jack Dunmall, Jack Powell (Joe Grant 59). Sub not used: Mark Threlfall.
ASCOT UNITED: Lee Allen, George Lock, Jonny Denton, Callum Carlisle, Louis Bouwers ©, Adam Kirkby, James Goodey (Mo Davies 77), Ben Hodges, Barry Dunbar, Rob Lazarczuk, Matt Jones (Ryan Cooper HT).
Referee: Ross Murphy