06:20PM, Saturday 12 March 2022
Derek Sweetman and Sam Lock
Holyport 3, Ascot United 0
Steven Deverall might have scooped the man-of-the-match award for his brace of goals, but the entirety of Derek Sweetman’s side deserve recognition for their comprehensive victory over the Yellamen at the Summerleaze on Saturday afternoon.
Port’s number 11 got himself on the scoresheet early on when his free-kick – assisted by a minor deflection – found its way into the back of Sam Gray’s net. Displaying their intentions, Ashley Hunt struck an effort wide next.
Having largely struggled to get into the game, Ascot’s best chance of the first half came when Keaton August hit the crossbar with a glancing header in the 37th minute. At the break, the home side deservedly had the advantage.
Some wonderful composure and a lovely lobbed finish by Usman Lalustani doubled Port’s lead in the 56th minute before the goalscorer had to be substituted for cramp. Daniel Rapley also took to the field moments before for his first appearance in a few games.
The Yellamen’s next incident of note was Taylor Morgan’s red card in the 82nd minute and with the man advantage, Sweetman’s side applied the pressure with Hunt close to grabbing a wonder goal before Deverall concluded the scoring a minute before full-time.
Flackwell Heath 4, Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 0
The Heathens have breached into the top five of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division after picking up a four-midable victory on home turf this weekend.
Having tested the visiting ‘keeper early on, Aiden Higgs put his side in pole position in the 25th minute with a powerful header from James Keeley’s cross.
If that goal impressed Chris Ayres, the manager would have been delighted with his side’s second, struck by his son, Jamie, from the edge of the area just under 10 minutes later.
Jack Taylor equalled, if not bettered, Ayres’ effort after the break when he thumped in a thunderbolt in the 55th minute to give Flackwell a 3-0 lead.
The scoring was wrapped up within the last 10 minutes of the match when Ayres looped in a header past James Weatherill and into the bottom corner, assisted by Brandon Eaton.
Edgware Town 3, Windsor 2
Back in the Combined Counties Premier Division North, Mark Cooper and the Royalists will undoubtedly be kicking themselves having let an early ascendancy slip out of their hands.
Danny Horscroft (7’) and Excellence Muhemba (9’) fired Windsor into a favourable lead at Silver Jubilee Park and it stayed that way until half-time.
After the interval, however, the Wares were able to get their noses in front thanks to Mohamed Khadum’s (59’) finish before the hour, his second in the 76th minute, and Oscar Kally’s (78’) quickfire follow-up.
Frustratingly for the Royalists, they are now winless in their last four league matches.
CB Hounslow United 2, Burnham 1
Elsewhere in the division, Ben Murray’s Blues were beaten by lowly-ranked opposition at Green Lane Sports Ground.
Burnham had taken the lead within one minute in the most bizarre circumstances with a wind-assisted own goal from the home side’s goalkeeper, according to the club’s Twitter.
A contentious spot kick on the stroke of half-time gave Hounslow an equaliser after Murray’s men had been good value for their lead.
The hosts were able to take the ascendancy late on and in the dying embers, Burnham were awarded a penalty of their own but agonisingly missed the chance to snatch a draw.
Bedfont Sports 4, Marlow 1
In the Isthmian League South Central, it wasn’t Mark Bartley or his team’s day as they were defeated comprehensively away.
Worryingly, Bedfont were able to score all four of their goals in the first half with Darryl Sanders (15’, 27’), Daniel Williams (36’) and Connagh Wilks (45’) on the scoresheet.
Kameron English was able to find the back of the net in the 61st minute but it merely proved to be a consolation for Marlow.
A murder investigation has been launched by Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit following an incident in Bourne End.