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ASCOT UNITED vs. HOLYPORT

Tue 1 Mar 2022

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division North

Matchday

Programme

Season

2021/22


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T H E Y E L L A M E N

Yellow and Blue

Sam Gray (GK)

Alex Sykes (GK)

Adam Everiss

Calum Ferguson

Chris Ellis

Dan Bailey

Dan Price

Danny Walden

Denis Nortey

Duarte Surpanu

George Lock

Ian Davies

James Harper

James Richardson

Josh Masters

Keaton August

Louis Bouwers

Rashid Hamid

Rory Merrick

Sam Evans

Sean McCormack

Taylor Morgan

Toby Thompson

Tom Scott

T H E P O R T

Claret and Green

Jack Alder

Fred Chapman

Matthew Ensby

Daniel Rapley

Ramon Rose

Sam Whitfield

Dan Wilson

Jack Woodbridge

Kritpac Dzimba

Samuel Jones

George Lock

Richard Jefferies

Steve Deverall

Ben Mulley

Tobi Shoyoye

Festus Lori

Ashley Hunt

Matt Burnett

Geoff Kibaki

Usman Lalustani

Jamie Tompkins Manager Derek Sweetman

Dan Masters Asst. Manager Sam Lock

Jamie Ashdown GK Coach

Bjorn Dunkley Coach Emlyn Hill

Steve Quelch Coach Mark Walters

Chad Smith Therapist Emily Sherwood / Dave Jones

Ian

Bath

Match Officials

Connor

Fanelli

Aiden

Farrelly

Last Match:

Burnham

A

Sat 26 Feb

4-0

COCO

Next Match: Virginia Water H Sat 5 Mar

COCO


ASCOT UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7LJ

Chairman: Simon Negus

Club Secretary: Dan Birchmore

Director of Football: Neil Richards

1st Team Manager: Jamie Tompkins

Assistant manager: Dan Masters

Coaches: Bjorn Dunkley, Steve Quelch

Goalkeeping Coach: Jamie Ashdown

Allied U18 Manager: Josh Nice

Therapist: Chad Smith

Sports Psychology: Izzy Woods

Racecourse Facilities Manager: Jo Gavin

Administration Manager: Emma Paton

Clubhouse Catering: Lisa Richards

Reporting, Comms and Programme: Neal Jeffs

Directors:

Doug Page

Mark Cooper

Rob Jones

Zoe Reilly

Phil Wray

Graham Jones

IN THE CHAIR

with Simon Negus

A warm welcome to Holyport for today's

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties

League Premier Division North fixture.

Good evening and welcome to the Racecourse for

tonight’s Combined Counties league game against our

close neighbours from Holyport.

Our last home game was a fantastic County Cup win

against Thatcham which set up last week’s momentous

win at Didcot Town in the quarter finals and a potential tie

against one of the big boys in the semi finals.

It’s also been great to see some of our youth teams

performing well in the County Cups this season – well

done to Bjorn Dunkley and his U14 team who have reached

the final in that competition and I know several other

teams are at semi-final stages. Success is never

guaranteed of course - hearing of the heartache for the

U12 Girls when they went out on penalties at the semifinal

stage was less welcome!

Ascot United Football Club Limited. Registered in

England and Wales. Registration No. 6883550

Registered Office: Ternion Court, 264-268 Upper Fourth

Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 1DP.

Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks F.A. No. Q-B&B0165

Our Ladies first team now sit in third place in the league

and are on track for the highest ever finish – great credit

to Darrel, Alix and the whole team and with the Reserves

also performing so well and securing promotion by early

Feb it really is a healthy time for the ladies section. We

also have a very strong under 16 girl section who are now

on the pathway to senior football and that will be

fascinating to see this section develop over the coming

years. The pathway for younger girls at Ascot Utd is as

clear as it is for the boys - 16 year old Tia Johnson was

voted Ladies player of the month for January after making

a huge impact.

One of the best games I’ve seen at the Racecourse this

season happened a few weeks back as Josh Nice's U18

Allied Counties team took on Westfield in a top of the

table clash. Trailing Westfield by one point but with a

game in hand, both teams knew how important this game

was but the Young Yellamen were trailing 3-1 going into

the final quarter. The scenes at the end as we secured an

equaliser with the last kick of the game showed how

much it meant to the players and staff involved. There is

still a job to be done to secure the title but whatever

happens this has been a fantastic campaign for Josh and

his team. Simon


FROM THE DUGOUT

Welcome to the players, officials

and supporters of Holyport. Enjoy

the game!

Jamie Tompkins

First Team Manager

Hello and welcome to Holyport FC players, staff and club committee and to all supporters in

attendance for this evening’s fixture.

Eight wins on the bounce has been a great run of form and the performances have been improving

week by week too. There is a great buzz and togetherness in the group but no one is getting ahead of

themselves and knowing this run has just got our name spoken about as contenders again. There is

lots of work to be done and points to be won, and I am sure there will be plenty of twists and turns over

the next few weeks. Recent performances including our fantastic County Cup win at Didcot Town last

week demonstrate the hunger and desire running though the squad and hopefully we will be

rewarded with a plum tie when the semi final draw is made.

Dan Bailey was our most recently announced player of the month (for January) and sets the example

of how we have been playing recently, strong, commanding, aggressive and adding his fair share of

goals, Dan has been outstanding all season. However, picking a man-of-the match each week is

becoming increasingly difficult – a nice problem to have!

Holyport are scrapping for points in a relegation battle. Teams in that position always prove difficult

opposition so we expect a side full of energy and work rate looking to beat us at home. We will look

forward to seeing familiar faces playing against us and in the dugout today.

Thank you to our sponsors, club officials and volunteers for all the fantastic work and ongoing support

towards our football club.

Enjoy the game! Jamie

ASCOT UNITED FC MANAGEMENT TEAM: PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:

Dan Masters

Assistant Manager

Jamie Ashdown

Goalkeeping Coach

Bjorn Dunkley

Coach

Steve Quelch

Coach

Chad Smith

Therapist


W E L C O M E T O T H E P O R T

W E L C O M E T O T H E P O R T

ON COURSE!

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs

Welcome to the players, officials and

supporters of Holyport for this Cherry Red

Records Combined Counties League Premier

Division North match.

Happy

reading, and

enjoy the

game! Neal

A warm welcome to everyone for todays local derby and a special warm

welcome to Sweets and Dev from Holyport who are well know around these

parts! Obviously today we are looking for 3 points to continue our fine run but

although Holyport are in a scrap at the wrong end of the table I don’t expect

they’ll make it easy for us and will also want to set things right after we won

our FA Cup tie earlier this season. Throughout the club I am delighted to see

how successfully our teams are doing. We have a ladies team who have a

real chance of finishing 3rd in their league, a ladies reserves side who

simply do not know what dropping points looks like, and a youth team who

are also in the box seat for the title in their league – reports on their

progress within. And, even further down the age categories we’ve got teams

getting through tough games to county cup finals.

We are going up, say we are

going up! Ascot United Ladies

Reserves are already

guaranteed promotion after

winning their last game, now

they are setting their sights

on the league title.

Looking ahead, with 6 of our next 7 league games against teams in the bottom

half we have a real opportunity to keep the pressure on for 2nd place. We’ve also

got 2 key games against Abbey Rangers and a trip to North Greenford, but the

team we are hoping get distracted by their FA Vase run is Southall who have

games in hand on us and are in good form. But we can only focus on ourselves

and hope the rest takes care of itself. On the player front, both Harry Laflin and

Jonny Denton have transferred to Guildford City and Binfield respectively. Both

have already got themselves on the scoresheet for their new teams, although

Laffers was on the end of a 7-1 hammering by Beckenham last weekend for his

mid-table COCO Premier South team. JD has elected to give it a shot at step 4, and

both go with our very best wishes. Anyway, enjoy the game tonight! Neal


RESULTS AND FIXTURES 21/22

Date Opposition

H/A Comp Result Att

06-Aug Holyport

H FAC XP 3-0 450

14-Aug Southall

A COCO 0-5 50

17-Aug Tadley Calleva

A COCO 5-1 n/k

21-Aug Risborough Rangers A FAC P 1-1 175

24-Aug Risborough Rangers H FAC P R 3-2 277

28-Aug Reading City

H COCO 2-2

31-Aug Wokingham/Emmbrook A COCO 2-1

04-Sep Hythe Town

A FAC 1Q 0-1 278

11-Sep Hengrove Athletic

A FAV 1Q 2-0

18-Sep Wembley

H COCO 1-1*

21-Sep Windsor

H BBT 1Q 3-1 120

25-Sep Tadley Calleva

A FAV 2Q 4-1

28-Sep Burnham

H COCO 5-0

02-Oct Edgware Town

A COCO 4-2

09-Oct North Greenford United H COCO 3-2 101

16-Oct Windsor

A COCO 1-3

23-Oct Wallingford Town

A FAV 1 2-2 (5p6)

30-Oct Egham Town

A COCO 1-1

06-Nov Spelthorne Sports

H COCO 0-2

13-Nov Hanworth Villa

A COCO 0-3

16-Nov Newport Pagnell Town H BBT 2Q 8-2

20-Nov St Panteleimon

H COCO 3-1

23-Nov AFC Croydon Athletic A LC 3-5

27-Nov CB Hounslow

A COCO 3-0

04-Dec Southall

H COCO 2-2

18-Dec Reading City

A COCO 2-3

27-Dec Wokingham/Emmbrook H COCO 4-2 159

15-Jan Wembley

A COCO 2-1

22-Jan Edgware Town

H COCO 3-1

25-Jan Thatcham Town

H BBT 2 3-0

29-Jan Spelthorne Sports

A COCO 2-1

05-Feb St Panteleimon

A COCO 3-2

22-Feb Didcot Town

A BBT QF 3-1 197

26-Feb Burnham

A COCO 4-0

01-Mar Holyport

H COCO

05-Mar Virginia Water

H COCO

08-Mar Abbey Rangers

A COCO

12-Mar Holyport

A COCO

19-Mar CB Hounslow

H COCO

26-Mar Tadley Calleva

H COCO

29-Mar Virginia Water

A COCO

02-Apr North Greenford United A COCO

05-Apr Hanworth Villa

H COCO

16-Apr Windsor

H COCO

18-Apr Abbey Rangers

H COCO

23-Apr Egham Town

H COCO

TBA TBC

TBC BBT SF

Scorers

Laflin, Lock, Surpanu

Laflin 2, Lock, Morgan, Denton

Laflin

Scott, Lock, Evans

Laflin 2

Laflin 2

August, Laflin

Laflin

Morgan 2, Laflin

August, Bailey, McCormack, Nortey

McCormack 2, Laflin, Denton, Lock

Laflin, August, Bailey, Morgan

Laflin 2, McCormack

Everiss

Nortey, Laflin

Nortey

McCormack 2, Laflin 2, Denton, Morgan, Hamid, Davies

Laflin 2, Morgan

August 2, Bailey

Laflin 2, August

Laflin 2

Morgan, Scott

Gutteridge 2, Bailey, Scott

Morgan, Bailey

Morgan, O.G., Laflin

Laflin 2, Bailey

Laflin, Surpanu

Laflin, Surpanu, Scott

Morgan 2, McCormack

August, Lock, Scott, O.G.

*Abandoned due to serious injury with 12 minutes remaining. Result stands.

COCO - Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division North, FAV - Buildbase FA Vase, FAC - The

Emirates FA Cup, BBT - Berks&Bucks Trophy, LC - Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup


ASCOT UNITED ALLIED U18

Under the stewardship of Josh Nice and his management team, the Ascot

United Allied U18s have kicked off the 12th season of Allied Counties

football at The Racecourse. Josh, the manager, has himself represented The

Yellamen at Allied Counties, U23 and First Team levels.

David Thompson rounds up the action from Tuesday 25th January.

Fleet Town 1

Ascot United 5

Click here for league table

Young Yellamen

return to action

(Tuesday 25th January)

Allied Counties YL South

After an extended Christmas break without

football and 5 weeks without a game the under

18 Yellamen returned to action on Tuesday

25th January.

A tricky away game at Fleet Town awaited, who

had been the early pacesetters in the league

but who had in recent weeks fallen away to a

mid table position! On a cold night, with a

large pitch, in poor condition, with the ball

unable to roll without bobbling erroneously it

was never going to be a classic!

The young Yellas were straight on the front foot however and were one up in the first few

minutes of the game when Matt Hurdwell finished from close range. Pressure continued from

the Yellamen but it took until the 25th minute for a good run and cross by Ollie Mann to be

turned into their own net by a Fleet defender for 2-0. Five minutes later it was 3 when Hurdwell

got his second of the night and on 42 minutes he wrapped up a fabulous first half hat-trick to

send Ascot in 4-0 ahead at the break!

Fleet made a few changes and started the second half putting Ascot under some pressure of

their own and with the weather and pitch deteriorating rapidly the game became scrappy and

niggly. On 65 minutes however it was Ascot who extended their lead with a nice finish from

Jake Pandhor having been set up by Tom Bailey.

Ascot made their subs and the game struggled to have any fluidity and on 87 minutes Fleet

scored a deserved goal as the game petered out. A bit of push and shove ended the game and

Ascot continued their surge towards the top of the table with the result putting them one point

behind leaders Westfield but with a game in hand and a game against the leaders to come on

the 8th February!

Not Ascot’s finest performance but a good win eventually and after such a long period without

the game, manager Nice was content with the result!


ASCOT UNITED ALLIED U18 (CONTINUED)

Ascot United 3

Frimley

Green

1

League Cup

Young Yellamen beat Frimley Green in League Cup (Tuesday 1st February)

Ascot u18 youth had a first round, home draw in the Combined Counties Grant-

McLellan youth cup against League rivals Frimley Green on 1st February.

In what turned out to be a feisty encounter, encouraged by a travelling support of

youngsters not keen on the nice surroundings of the local area, Ascot eased

passed their opponents with a comfortable 3-1 win!

A goal from Matt Hurdwell, on a rich scoring streak, on 30 mins was scant reward

for the possession and control Ascot had in the opening half and a 1-0 half time

lead was all the hosts had to support their superiority. Ascot continued to be the

better team but it took until 78 mins for the young Yellamen to consolidate their

lead when Ollie Mann finished well to make it 2-0. Three minutes later it was 3

when one of the subs Lawson Jones appeared to ensure 3 points for Ascot!

With Ascot cruising without ever really hitting top gear and a number of

substitutions occurring it seem to make the players take their foot off the gas

and lose an amount of concentration. An 88th minute goal from Frimley caused

some consternation in the home fans and if a further good chance had been

taken by the visitors on the 90 minute mark, it may well have caused some

nervous last few minutes of injury time for the manager Nice and his staff. The

win however came and sets up a tasty second round tie against Farnham Town

(home, date tbc) who over the last few seasons have been involved in some quite

lively matches with young Ascot teams which have often threatened to boil over.

A big home crowd will definitely be needed to support the young Yellamen and

cheer them on and into to the next round.


ASCOT UNITED ALLIED U18 (CONTINUED)

Ascot United Allied Under 18’s fought back from 3-1 down to

draw 3-3 with Westfield in their crunch top-of-the table clash

on Tuesday evening (8th Feb). The Young Yellamen scored with

virtually the last kick of the game courtesy of George Bowden,

to leave the Allied Youth League title destiny in their own hands

with remaining games running out.

Ascot United 3

Westfield 3

Allied Counties YL South

Heading into the game, the 2nd-placed Young Yellamen were one point below leaders Westfield with a game in hand, meaning that a

draw or victory would keep the destiny of the title in their own hands with only a couple of matches remaining. Westfield – unbeaten in

the league since the opening day – showed their mettle as the first half progressed, although Ascot were themselves unbeaten in eight

since their solitary league defeat of the league campaign, and they set about the visitors early-on.

Indeed, they could – and probably should – have been two-nil up inside the opening seven minutes – only for George Fairbairn to smack

a post following a superb one-two with Matt Hurdwell before Hurdwell’s heavy touch when clean through moments later allowed

visiting ‘keeper Ollie Foster the chance to gather. At the other end, Archie Wells slashed over when off-balance, although after a decent

spell his side took a 22nd minute lead when Jacob Breckon’s precise left-footed shot found the bottom right-hand corner across home

‘keeper James Docherty.

But The Yellamen forced their way back into it and after Hurdwell’s back-heel had allowed Oliver Mann the opportunity to shoot on the

turn, his effort deflected wide for a corner. And, from the resultant corner, Toby Thompson was on hand to stab home after Foster had

spilt Jack McCart’s delivery in the six yard box. It might have been better for Ascot at the break only for Foster to redeem himself by

tipping Harry Holden’s long-range effort over the crossbar just before the whistle, but it remained one-all as the two sides changed

ends.

The second half wasn’t quite as rich on clear-cut chances, but certainly not lacking in drama in front of a sizeable midweek crowd.

Hurdwell made himself busy and showed good feet before glancing a later header wide, although out of nothing Westfield found

themselves in front again on the hour mark when Thompson conceded a penalty; Elliot York finding the bottom left-hand corner with the

spot-kick.

Ascot were then denied by a glove, woodwork and a flag in quick succession as Tom Bailey saw his free kick tipped onto the post by

Foster, before Danny Walden clipped home in the recycled play only to be judged offside. And it looked like the wind would be taken out

of Ascot’s sails with just over twenty minutes to go when York scored again to make it 3-1, hammering home when a left-wing cross fell

invitingly at his feet. But the Young Yellamen showed incredible fight and only three minutes later, substitute Lawson Jones – thrown on

alongside Alex Hall following Westfield’s third goal – won and then converted a spot-kick to cut the deficit.

It looked all over when Jones saw his free kick easily saved in the 90th minute, but with the fourth minute of stoppage time approaching

his side mounted one last, desperate attack. McCart swung the ball in, it cannoned back into play off a combination of Foster and

crossbar, and in the ensuing melee it was Bowden– applying the final touch to late substitute Will Chaisty’s flick-on – who snaffled

home an equaliser to spark pandemonium on the pitch.

The deserved draw now leaves Ascot two wins from guaranteeing the title, although one win may be enough if Westfield fail to win their

one remaining game later in March. But on this showing, they will be eager – and confident – to get the job done on their own watch. And

this was a tremendous advertisement for Allied Counties Youth Team football as the two sides were inseparable again after their 2-2

draw in the reverse fixture. It may be a cliché, but it takes two to tango.

Ascot United: Docherty, Bailey, McCart, Bowden, Thompson, Walden, Mann, Pandhor, Hurdwell, Holden, Fairbairn. Subs used: Chaisty,

Hall, Jones. Subs unused: Mason, Tomkins


SPONSORSHIP

Sponsor a Yellaman! Contact Neil Richards at neil.richards@ascotunited.co.uk.


TODAY'S FIXTURES AND RECENT RESULTS

Recent results:

Midweek fixtures:

Looking ahead:


LEAGUE TABLES

Premier North:

Premier South:


APPEARANCES AND GOALS

Below are the updated Ascot United appearance and scorers' records for

this season's squad.

2021-22 All-time

App Goals App Goals

D Amate 7 0 7

R Andrady 2 0 20

K August 30 7 30 7

D Bailey 29 6 58 10

L Bouwers 15 0 161 11

I Davies 14 1 73 36

J Denton 29 3 205 22

C Ellis 23 0 80 1

S Evans 8 1 25 1

A Everiss 20 1 20 1

L Farhall 1 0 1

C Ferguson 11 0 31 1

W Frank 2 0 2

B Gill 1 0 1

O Graham 6 0 6

S Gray 33 0 119

M Gutteridge 2 2 25 4

A Hall 1 0 1

R Hamid 12 1 12 1

J Harper 10 0 10

H Laflin 30 29 139 81

G Lock 32 5 156 10

J Masters 15 0 23

S McCormack 32 7 32 7

R Merrick 9 0 29

T Morgan 26 11 42 14

J Nice 3 0 5 1

D Nortey 18 3 18 3

D Price 2 0 46 10

J Richardson 3 0 67 12

T Scott 18 5 18 5

D Surpanu 31 3 38 5

A Sykes 1 0 2

J Tarrant 1 0 1

T Thompson 3 0 3

D Walden 5 0 5

485 85 1511 243

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MATCH REPORT ROUNDUP

ASCOT BLITZ BURNHAM TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM

Yellamen win 4-0 to make it super eight on the trot

Saturday 27th February 2022 - Cherry Red Records Premier Division North -

Burnham 0 - 4 Ascot United

Ascot United powered their way to an eighth successive win in a 4-0 triumph at Burnham on

Saturday. The Yellamen were too strong for their hosts, against whom they have now scored nine

goals without reply this season.

Coming into the game, Ascot were eyeing a sequence of matches against teams in the bottom

half of the league – seven of their next eight schedules to be precise - as they look to maintain

their momentum up the table. Burnham – lying 12th but having changed managers and improved

since a 5-0 mauling in the reverse fixture – were on the end of an early blitz as Ascot took the lead

after just 75 seconds. Taylor Morgan’s pressure had won his side possession outside the box,

Sean McCormack picked out Keaton August’s run, and August volleyed the ball past Carl Dennison

via a faint deflection.

The hosts had their moments; Leo Decabo might have done better than drag wide after Dwayne

Clarke had played him in and Matteo Esposito found the side-netting on the half-hour mark, but

The Yellamen stood firm at the back despite an injury-enforced early reshuffle as Louis Bouwers

replaced Chris Ellis in defence. And, they finished the half strongly leading to their second goal

when, after Rory Merrick had hassled his side back into possession into midfield, August laid the

ball off to McCormack, and he delivered an inch-perfect cross for George Lock to rifle home on the

volley.

The second half was more clear cut as Ascot continued to press the home side and would soon

make the game safe. Burnham did threaten briefly when Sam Gray stood up well to Tayo Ajayi in

the 55th minute albeit the tight angle was never in the hosts’ striker’s favour, before The Yellamen

ran away with it. Tom Scott scored an absolute screamer on the hour mark to make it 3-0, electing

to shoot from the corner of the penalty area and curling the ball over Dennison and into the top

left hand corner. Dennison then made an hash of Scott’s 65th minute corner which he palmed into

his own net to put his side 4-0 down, before earlier substitute Bouwers hobbled off clearly

struggling following an earlier collision with Dennison.

Ill-discipline cost the home side when substitute Harvey Hope was red-carded for throwing

McCormack into the perimeter fence late-on, but there was still time for Gray to preserve his

side’s clean sheet with a neat save from Decabo’s 86th free kick that had curled out of the dipping

Winter sunshine. Ascot United: Gray, Lock, Everiss, Merrick, Bailey, Ellis (Bouwers (Nortey)),

McCormack, Scott, Morgan (Harper), August, Surpanu (Masters).


ASCOT UNITED LADIES

Ascot United Ladies Reserves caused a cup upset as they

edged into the league cup semi finals on Sunday afternoon at

the expense of Long Crendon. John Swallow’s invincible

Thames Valley League Division 3 (East) were made to work for

it by the high-flying Division 1 outfit – who clawed themselves

back from 2-0 down to level the tie at 2-2 at half time – before

The Yellawomen nicked it in the final fifteen minutes to record

a 31st consecutive victory.

Ascot opened the scoring in the 16th minute when impressive Lauren Knight pressed and regained

possession near the half-way line, paving the way for Clodagh Farrell to rifle into the roof of the net from

inside the area. Tia Johnson then doubled her side’s advantage five minutes later with a speculative low

shot that crept in at the near post.

But the visitors would claw their way back into the game and scored two goals in a lengthy period of

stoppage time at the end of the half – both of them almost carbon copies of each other – as Michelle Bailey

nipped in on both occasions to lob Cara O ‘Brien and level the tie at the break.

The second half was a tight affair with Darcey Young constantly asking questions of the visiting defence

with her intelligent passes into the channels, and eventually they were undone when Johnson nipped in

between defender and goalkeeper to flick home the winner in the 79th minute, only moments after

signalling her intent with a long range effort that had fizzed over.

But it took a smart late save from O-Brien to deny Bailey a hat-trick when she stood up well to beat her effort

away for a corner and seal Swallow’s side a place in the last-four. And, as importantly, this was a good test

for the already-promoted Reserves against higher-ranked opposition ahead of next season – and next week

they get the chance to seal the title when second-placed Ruislip Rangers visit The Racecourse.

Ascot United Ladies saw their league cup quarter final tie at

Abingdon United on Sunday called off two days earlier. In the

league, The Yellawomen can guarantee finishing 3rd if they win

their final league fixture at Eastleigh this weekend. Youngster Tia

Johnson (pictured with Alix Todd) bagged January's player of the

month award after her impressive step into first team action from

the U16s, netting 4 goals in what seems to have been a seamless

transition from the junior ranks.

Abingdon

United

Ascot United

P

P

League Cup QF (27th Feb)

Results - last matches

Ascot United

Reserves

Long

Crendon

3

2

League Cup QF (27th Feb)


St Kitts Veterinary Group proudly sponsor Ascot United Ladies

striker Sarah Leonard. The Group have practices in

Basingstoke, Yateley, Church Crookham and Hartley Wintney.

Visit stkittsvet.co.uk


Ian is a Biomechanics coach, supporting players returning from injury and

improving strength and conditioning.


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED

Sam Gray – goalkeeper

Solid goalkeeper, confident with the ball at

his feet. Established first teamer since 18/19

and was players’ player of the year in 19/20

when he appeared in every league game.

Sponsor:

Josh Masters - defence

Established left-back having broken into the

team in 20/21 following a move from local

rivals Holyport. Sponsor:

Alex Sykes – goalkeeper

Goalkeeping coach and reliable backup. Has

International experience having played for

the England Futsal team. Sponsor:

Dan Bailey – defence

Experienced centre back who skippered

Flackwell Heath in 19/20. Previously played

at a higher level with Marlow and has a level

2 coaching qualification. Sponsor:

Louis Bouwers – defence

A physical and dominant centre half who

signed from Faringdon Town in 16/17 and now

well-established as club captain. Made 146

appearances heading into 21/22 but must

wait to add to that tally whilst he recovers

from injury. Sponsor:

Chris Ellis – defence

Signed in 18/19, a strong and dominant

defender. Vastly experienced having played

for Camberley Town, Egham Town and

Chipstead. Looking to re-establish himself in

21/22 following a year out with serious

injury. Sponsor: Novem nine

George Lock – defence

A fearless right back previously with Binfield

and Bracknell. Technically strong and a

consistently high performer. Supporters POY

in 18/19 and has now featured in well over

100 games pushing him into the top 15 on the

all-time appearance list. Sponsor: Dave

Bucktrout

Danny Walden - defence

Ascot United Allied U18 captain who is

expected to feature for the senior side

during 21/22. Sponsor: Cox Green Academy

Jonny Denton – midfield

Former Ascot Youth team star who returned

in 17/18 after a scholarship in the U.S. A dead

ball specialist, he has now twice won the

player of the year award. 'JD' starts the 21/22

season having made 176 appearances.

Sponsor:

Tom Scott - midfield

Signed for 21/22 having had spells with

Harrow Borough and Beaconsfield. A

tenacious ball winner with great

communication. Sponsor: Lydia Baker

Calum Ferguson – midfield

Signed in 19/20 having previously starred for

a National League youth side. Also had a spell

with Highworth Town. Sponsor:

Sam Evans – midfield

Played for the U16s and U18s in 19/20 before

making his first team debut in the same

season. Sam has been with the club since

his debut for the U8s and is now an

established part of the senior side with

maturity belying his age. Sponsor: Dave

Norris


PEN PICS AND SPONSORS - ASCOT UNITED

Dan Price - midfield

Popular attacking midfielder who returns to

Ascot for 21/22 having been out for two years

with a serious knee injury. Previously

appeared 44 times in 18/19 when he scored

10 goals. Sponsor:

Sean McCormack - forward

Skilful forward signed from Walton and

Hersham for 21/22 having also played for

Maidenhead United and Bracknell Town.

Sponsor:

James Harper - midfield

A former professional with Premier League

experience, Harper played 316 times for

Reading between 2001-2010. Also featured for

Sheffield United, Hull City and Doncaster

Rovers before beginning his non-league

journey in 2014. Signed from Windsor FC in

Sept '21.

Rory Merrick – forward

Signed for 19/20 and continues to improve.

Looking to re-establish himself after injury in

an already-disjointed previous campaign.

Calm and composed figure on the pitch and

has great technical ability. Sponsor:

Keaton August - forward

Signed from Windsor FC for 21/22. Can play

anywhere across the front three and has an

abundance of pace. Has a keen eye for goal

backed up by providing plenty of assists. A

personal trainer, he works hard and is

physically strong. Sponsor:

Ian Davies – forward

Prolific goalscorer who scored 25 goals for

Binfield in 18/19 before top scoring for Ascot

with 23 goals in the curtailed 19/20

campaign. Netted another 12 from 24 games

in 20/21. Sponsor: Zipcar UK

Harry Laflin – forward

Laffers joined in 18/19 and has become a goalmachine

despite often playing out of

position. Enters the season having scored 52

goals in 109 appearances with an improving

goals-per-game ratio. Has previously won

supporters’ player of the season award.

Sponsor:

Taylor Morgan - forward

Pacey forward who impressed whilst playing

against us for Fleet Town during pre-season

20/21. Has played at a higher level including

several seasons in the US Major League.

Previous clubs include Toronto, Ostersunds

(Sweden), Falkirk, Airdrie and Whitehawk.

Sponsor:

Jamie Tompkins – manager

Highly respected throughout the club who

guided the team to league cup glory in 18/19

before taking the team to top of the league

before the 19/20 campaign was curtailed.

Football Development manager at Brentford

FC. Sponsor:

Duarte Surpanu - forward

Skilful winger with lighting quick feet, signed

midway through in the 20/21 season and has

the potential to cause problems for any

defence. Sponsor: Maidenhead Town

Denis Nortey - forward

Striker who signed in Sept '21 and scored on

his debut having previously played for

Eversley & California, London Tigers,

Aylesbury United and Rayners Lane.

Rashid Hamid - forward

Lively forward who signed from Burnham, for

whom he scored 3 goals in 11 appearances in

the curtailed 20/21 season.

Jamie Ashdown - goalkeeping coach

Needs little introduction, former professional

Jamie began his career with Reading before

making over 100 appearances for Portsmouth

between 2004-2012. A huge asset to the club

where he coaches at all levels. Sponsor:

Dan Masters – asst. manager

Dan is in his fourth season with Ascot Utd and

is a crucial part of the coaching staff.

Sponsor:


CLUB HISTORY - ASCOT UNITED

Ascot United as we know it, was founded in 1965 by a men’s team who played their games at Sunninghill with “after

match meetings” in The Wells in Cheapside village (now Mikado’s). Teams played as long ago as 1928 under the name

Ascot United but nothing to link them directly to the current club. In 1965, the club had gained permission from the Ascot

Racecourse Trustees to convert the land east of coach park 10 into a football pitch. A wooden clubhouse was built and

this team went on to win many prestigious trophies in the years that followed.

Various youth teams represented Ascot United over the years up to 1988, and 1992 the East Berks 7-a-side Association

was formed by our then Chairman Keith Wicks introducing small-sided junior games and having disbanded in 1980 the

men’s team also reformed. The club continued to grow, entering into partnership with Charters School and being

awarded FA Charter Standard status in 2004. The men’s senior team enjoyed early success through the East Berks

League gaining continued promotions to the Senior division and winning various Cups including the Fielden Charity Cup

in 1996/7. 2001 saw the 1st team join the Reading Senior League and winning the Evening Post Senior Cup at the

Madejski Stadium in 2006. Promotion to the Hellenic League soon followed in 2007, followed by promotion to the

Hellenic Premier Division in 2009. The club today has grown to become one of the largest Community football clubs in

the UK with over 1000 registered players and over 70 teams playing every weekend embracing all ages and abilities

from 5 year olds through to Vets. A new clubhouse opened in September 2010, together with an improved main pitch,

floodlights and a stand.

The club has enjoyed much success at all levels particularly in the Ladies and Girls Section where they are regularly

winners of leagues and county Cups. Our senior Ladies won promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern Region

Women’s’ Football League in 2017-18 and consolidated their position with a mid-table finish in 2018-19. Meanwhile, 2018-

19 was an outstanding one for our junior Boys’ teams who won an array of county cups at various age groups, a feat

we’ve rarely previously achieved.

The past decade has been hugely successful for our first team; our debut in the FA Cup in 2011 attracted 1,149 people to

the Racecourse on a Friday evening where the famous trophy itself was on display and the match was streamed live on

Facebook. Between 2012-13 and 2015-16 we reached the Quarter Final of the FA Vase twice, enjoyed two top-three

finishes in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division, and won both the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup and Perpetua

Press Floodlit Cup. More recently, our players’ development took the spotlight, as a host of Yellamen have enjoyed

success with other local sides and many of our talented development players stepped up into the first team. After

finishing 2017-18 in style, in 2018-19 new manager Jamie Tompkins led his side to the top of the table for long spells,

winning two team-of-the-month awards, and finishing with league cup glory once again by defeating Windsor 3-1.

We were transferred into the Combined Counties League for the 2019-20 season, playing on our new 3G pitch facility,

which transformed the club by facilitating more of our teams’ matches and training at The Racecourse. The stronger

platform facilitated further player development, and Jamie’s young side would lead the table for long periods before

establishing what looked like a title-winning margin at the top shortly before the league was aborted due to

Coronavirus. Retaining much of the same squad for 2020-21, Jamie saw his side in and around the challengers before

another pandemic-curtailed season, although they battled through to the league cup final where they were ultimately

beaten on penalties by Redhill.

As Ascot enjoy a third season in the Combined Counties League, everyone hopes for a safe and consistent campaign,

and if silverware comes with it then that will surely be a bonus in current times!


CLUB HISTORY - HOLYPORT

Holyport Football Club formed in September 1897 at The George Inn, located in Holyport. Initially

they played in the Maidenhead and District League, their home ground was at Windsor Road,

Bray. The club slowly progressed and joined the Hayes and Giles League where they played their

home games at Braywick Park.

At the beginning of the 2002/2003, after three very successful seasons, Holyport were promoted

to the Hellenic League Division 1 East. Two seasons later they moved to their current ground at

Summerleaze Village in North Maidenhead. This move signalled the start of a new and exciting

era for the club.

Having secured the necessary planning permission, as well as funding from the Football Foundation, the new ground has

been in a state continuous of improvement. In season 2007/8 the ground was fenced, floodlights installed and since then

has seen further improvements to the changing facilities, hard standing on three sides of the ground, the erection of three

spectator grandstands and a hospitality room.

These changes are the culmination of several years of hard work and the club's Summerleaze Village ground now meets the

F.A and League requirements for Holyport to continue to play at their current step five level of football.

These continuous improvements, both of and off the pitch, have all contributed to progressing the Club's ambitions of

playing in the F.A. Carling Vase and the FA Cup which they achieved in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Additionally in 2009/10

season and 2010/11 season the club was jointly awarded the Hungerford Cup (shared with Shortwood United in 2009/10 and

then Thame United 2010/11).

The cup is awarded to the club who has shown the most development, both on and off the field, throughout the season. The

award in particular, recognizes the tremendous amount of hard work that Club Secretary, Graham Broom has put in season

after season along with a dedicated committee.

2010/11 Season was a historic season for Holyport. In their first season with the club the new management team of Derek

Sweetman, Kevin Carvell and Calvin Maye led the side to the Uhlsport Hellenic 1 Division East title, AM Print and Copy Floodlit

Cup and The Bluefin Insurance Challenge Cup.

In 2009/10 Jamie Handscomb was also recognised by the League winning the Divisional Player of the Year award, the third

time a Port player has won this trophy. Along with the Hungerford Cup, four cups in one season will probably be the club's

most successful season for a good number of years to come.

The 2011/12 Season saw Holyport finish a very respectable 13th in their debut season and also as Semi Finalists in The Berks

and Bucks Senior Cup and League Supplementary Cup. The 2012/13 brought yet more development for Holyport FC as they

fielded their first ever Youth side in The Allied Counties League.

2014/15 saw Martin Kenealy step aside after 12 months in charge, The committee had a think about the future and decided to

was best to step down to Division One East and promote Barry, Dan, Chris and John into the management setup.

The side had a steady season in 2015/16 but 2016/17 was a struggle. 2017/18 saw Dan and Chris move on but ex Holyport

player Matt Rolfe was appointed as Asst Manager and with this the team finished 5th in the league. Barry Rake resigned in

the summer of 2018 and with this the club appointed Derek Sweetman as Manager for 2018/19 season with Rolfe, Ovens and

Deverall assisting him.

The 18/19 season produced a good FA Vase run and once again a 5th place in the league but securing more points than the

previous season. The following two seasons were cut short by Covid and after a long wait the FA decided to average out both

seasons and Port were promoted to the new step 5 league on a PPG, seeing them finish in 3rd place. Holyport Football Club is

indebted to the continuing support and commitment of their major sponsors Freedom Electronics, Summerleaze and Roger &

Jean Coombs.

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