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Mon 18 Apr 2022<br />

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division North<br />

Matchday<br />

Programme<br />

Season<br />


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T H E Y E L L A M E N<br />

Yellow and Blue<br />

Sam Gray (GK)<br />

Alex Sykes (GK)<br />

Adam Everiss<br />

Calum Ferguson<br />

Chris Ellis<br />

Dan Bailey<br />

Dan Price<br />

Danny Walden<br />

Denis Nortey<br />

Duarte Surpanu<br />

Elliot Carey<br />

George Lock<br />

Ian Davies<br />

James Harper<br />

James Richardson<br />

Josh Masters<br />

Kai Walters<br />

Keaton August<br />

Louis Bouwers<br />

Rory Merrick<br />

Sam Evans<br />

Sean McCormack<br />

Charlie Morgan<br />

Taylor Morgan<br />

Toby Thompson<br />

Tom Scott<br />

T H E R A N G E R S<br />

Black and White<br />

Dease Kerrison<br />

Luke Robertson<br />

Daryl Cooper-Smith<br />

Jack Watts<br />

Owen Davues<br />

Tom Neale<br />

Ben Kersley<br />

Mo Diakete<br />

Marcus Williams<br />

George Chandler<br />

Fortune Msamala<br />

Jae Kelly<br />

Pat Kirby<br />

Tommy O' Neill<br />

Jordan Vidal<br />

Tim Pitt<br />

Elliott Firth<br />

Charlie Postance<br />

Carl Bower<br />

Evan De Brito Lopes<br />

Luke Dunn<br />

Rob Hendry<br />

Archie Vincent<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

Dan Masters<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Chad Smith<br />

Andrew<br />

Tooley<br />

Manager<br />

Asst. Manager<br />

GK Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Therapist<br />

Match Officials<br />

Jarnail<br />

Singh<br />

Mick Woolgar / Paul Johnson<br />

Alex Lumley<br />

Joe Lamacraft<br />

Joel<br />

Cripps<br />

Last Match:<br />

Windsor<br />

H<br />

Sat 16 Apr<br />

0-0<br />

COCO<br />

Next Match: Egham Town H Sat 23 Apr<br />



Racecourse Ground, Winkfield Road, <strong>Ascot</strong>, SL5 7LJ<br />

Chairman: Simon Negus<br />

Club Secretary: Dan Birchmore<br />

Director of Football: Neil Richards<br />

1st Team Manager: Jamie Tompkins<br />

Assistant Manager: Dan Masters<br />

Coaches: Bjorn Dunkley, Steve Quelch<br />

Goalkeeping Coach: Jamie Ashdown<br />

Allied U18s Team Manager: Josh Nice<br />

Veterans Team Manager: Dave Good<br />

Ladies Team Manager: Darrel Evans<br />

Ladies Reserves Team Manager: John Swallow<br />

Therapist: Chad Smith<br />

Sports Psychology: Izzy Woods<br />

Football Operations Manager: Emma Dunbar<br />

Private Events Manager: Sam Knight<br />

Racecourse Facilities Manager: Jo Gavin<br />

Administration Manager: Emma Paton<br />

Clubhouse Catering: Lisa Richards<br />

Reporting, Comms and Programme: Neal Jeffs<br />

Directors:<br />

Doug Page<br />

Mark Cooper<br />

Rob Jones<br />

Donna Graham<br />

Phil Wray<br />

Graham Jones<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Football Club Limited. Registered in England and Wales. Registration No. 6883550. Registered Office: Ternion<br />

Court, 264-268 Upper Fourth Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 1DP. Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks F.A. No. Q-B&B0165<br />

Here's a preview of what's inside this week's edition:<br />

*<br />

*<br />

Chairman Simon, 1st Team Manager Jamie and Programme Editor Neal pick up their pens<br />

Scores and Stats<br />

* Pen Pics<br />

* Match reports - Allied U18 round up from 3 matches!<br />

* Club histories<br />

* Plus more


Simon Negus<br />

Chairman<br />

A warm welcome to <strong>Abbey</strong><br />

<strong>Rangers</strong> for today's Cherry Red<br />

Records Combined Counties<br />

League Premier Division North<br />

A warm welcome to you all for todays Combined Counties match… I hope your<br />

Easter weekend has been good so far, and you get to see a great game today.<br />

We are proud to provide football at <strong>Ascot</strong> Utd from four years old in our<br />

Foundation Academy right through to our two veterans teams. With 75 teams<br />

being fielded on a weekly basis (all run by volunteers), we hope to be able to<br />

provide a safe and enjoyable environment for ALL players whatever their<br />

standard or aspiration. We can provide a clear pathway through to Senior<br />

Adult Football for boys and girls, but equally importantly we can provide<br />

community football for those boys and girls who prefer that approach. Our<br />

Ladies section has been hugely successful this season and with the girls<br />

section being the fastest growing in the club, we expect this success to<br />

continue in the future. Our Vets section is also growing and it’s been great to<br />

see so many of them volunteering at the club.<br />

With the help from the local community and The Football Foundation, our<br />

facilities at The Racecourse have really developed over the past few years<br />

mainly under the stewardship of my predecessor Mike Harrison. We are<br />

rightly proud of what has been built, but are constantly challenging ourselves<br />

to keep moving forward and developing. Watch this space…<br />

We are all looking forward to our County Senior Cup Final against Reading FC -<br />

this is on 7th May and tickets are available now from our website. We hope to<br />

take a large crowd of supporters to Slough for what’s sure to be a great event -<br />

clearly we start as the underdogs but we’re not just there to make up the<br />

numbers, and as we saw in the semi final anything is possible. I know JT will<br />

be keen to ensure we go into the game with confidence which is why the game<br />

today is so important.<br />

I hope you enjoy your afternoon and hope to see you again soon. Simon


Welcome to the players, officials<br />

and supporters of <strong>Abbey</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong>.<br />

Enjoy the game!<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

Hello and welcome to Windsor players, committee and supporters for this morning's<br />

Combined Counties Premier North fixture.<br />

The players have had some time away to recover, relax and reset for the end of<br />

season run in and in preparation for our final. We are back in action and looking<br />

forward to playing with fresh legs in the team to continue our unbeaten run of 7<br />

games.<br />

We were very encouraged with our performance against league winners Hanworth<br />

Villa and I felt we had more than matched them on the night. A late goal secured a<br />

point and was the reward for the energy, bravery and quality of possession<br />

throughout the game. If only we had scored 10/15 minutes earlier…<br />

Last Monday evening, we found out it will be Reading FC in the County Cup Final and<br />

the game will be played on Saturday 7th May, at Slough Town FC. I hope to see another<br />

big following from around the club and be our 12th man on the day so get your tickets<br />

early to avoid disappointment! (tickets available on our website).<br />

Thank you to our sponsors, club officials and volunteers for all the fantastic work<br />

and ongoing support towards our football club.<br />

Enjoy the game! Jamie<br />


Dan Masters<br />

Assistant Manager<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Goalkeeping Coach<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Coach<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Coach<br />

Chad Smith<br />


W E L C O M E T O T H E R A N G E R S<br />

W E L C O M E T O T H E R A N G E R S<br />

ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>Abbey</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> for this Cherry<br />

Red Records Combined Counties League<br />

Premier Division North match.<br />

Happy<br />

reading, and<br />

enjoy the<br />

game! Neal<br />

Welcome to The Racecourse as we run into towards the end of our league<br />

programme. Given our games on Easter Saturday and Monday you will see the<br />

content of the programme is fairly similar for both matches. We’re guaranteed a<br />

top-six finish and with a fair wind we might even finish 5th or even higher<br />

especially as we play both <strong>Abbey</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> and Egham Town in our run-in.<br />

<strong>Rangers</strong> beat us 1-0 last month in a frustrating night for us so we’ll no doubt be<br />

looking to avenge that result today. However, I know the cup final will be in the<br />

back of our players’ minds and with the squad being stretched recently it’ll be<br />

understandable if we rest a few players. Last Saturday against Windsor had an<br />

end-of-season feel about it and had we not hit the crossbar in injury time I would<br />

have had absolutely nothing to write about in my second-half match report.<br />


the image to visit the<br />

ticketing portal for the<br />

Berks and Bucks Cup<br />

Final!<br />

Looking around the leagues it seems likely that the 4 teams [I believe] being<br />

promoted from the Combined Counties Division 1 to our level (ordinarily 2 into<br />

Premier North and 2 into Premier South) will be Hilltop, London Lions, Rayners<br />

Lane and Wallingford Town. Whether they end up being spread into the Premier<br />

Division North and South depends on geography – Wallingford being an outlier in<br />

my opinion. The first 3 clubs are all North-West London based so there could be<br />

some reshuffling between Premier North and South to accommodate, but there<br />

are still many variables before the end of season shake-up. Finally, remember to<br />

get your tickets booked for the 7th May – let’s fill Arbour Park with noise! Enjoy<br />

the Easter weekend and don’t eat too much chocolate. Neal


Date Opposition<br />

H/A Comp Result Att<br />

Scorers<br />

06-Aug Holyport<br />

H FAC XP 3-0 450 Laflin, Lock, Surpanu<br />

14-Aug Southall<br />

A COCO 0-5 50<br />

17-Aug Tadley Calleva<br />

A COCO 5-1 n/k Laflin 2, Lock, T. Morgan, Denton<br />

21-Aug Risborough <strong>Rangers</strong> A FAC P 1-1 175 Laflin<br />

24-Aug Risborough <strong>Rangers</strong> H FAC P R 3-2 277 Scott, Lock, Evans<br />

28-Aug Reading City<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

Laflin 2<br />

31-Aug Wokingham/Emmbrook A COCO 2-1<br />

Laflin 2<br />

04-Sep Hythe Town<br />

A FAC 1Q 0-1 278<br />

11-Sep Hengrove Athletic<br />

A FAV 1Q 2-0<br />

August, Laflin<br />

18-Sep Wembley<br />

H COCO 1-1*<br />

Laflin<br />

21-Sep Windsor<br />

H BBT 1Q 3-1 120 T. Morgan 2, Laflin<br />

25-Sep Tadley Calleva<br />

A FAV 2Q 4-1<br />

August, Bailey, McCormack, Nortey<br />

28-Sep Burnham<br />

H COCO 5-0<br />

McCormack 2, Laflin, Denton, Lock<br />

02-Oct Edgware Town<br />

A COCO 4-2<br />

Laflin, August, Bailey, T. Morgan<br />

09-Oct North Greenford <strong>United</strong> H COCO 3-2 101 Laflin 2, McCormack<br />

16-Oct Windsor<br />

A COCO 1-3<br />

Everiss<br />

23-Oct Wallingford Town<br />

A FAV 1 2-2**<br />

Nortey, Laflin<br />

30-Oct Egham Town<br />

A COCO 1-1<br />

Nortey<br />

06-Nov Spelthorne Sports<br />

H COCO 0-2<br />

13-Nov Hanworth Villa<br />

A COCO 0-3<br />

16-Nov Newport Pagnell Town H BBT 2Q 8-2<br />

McCormack 2, Laflin 2, Denton, T. Morgan, Hamid, Davies<br />

20-Nov St Panteleimon<br />

H COCO 3-1<br />

Laflin 2, T. Morgan<br />

23-Nov AFC Croydon Athletic A LC 3-5<br />

August 2, Bailey<br />

27-Nov CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> A COCO 3-0<br />

Laflin 2, August<br />

04-Dec Southall<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

Laflin 2<br />

18-Dec Reading City<br />

A COCO 2-3<br />

T. Morgan, Scott<br />

27-Dec Wokingham/Emmbrook H COCO 4-2 159 Gutteridge 2, Bailey, Scott<br />

15-Jan Wembley<br />

A COCO 2-1<br />

T. Morgan, Bailey<br />

22-Jan Edgware Town<br />

H COCO 3-1<br />

T. Morgan, O.G., Laflin<br />

25-Jan Thatcham Town<br />

H BBT 2 3-0<br />

Laflin 2, Bailey<br />

29-Jan Spelthorne Sports<br />

A COCO 2-1<br />

Laflin, Surpanu<br />

05-Feb St Panteleimon<br />

A COCO 3-2<br />

Laflin, Surpanu, Scott<br />

22-Feb Didcot Town<br />

A BBT QF 3-1 197 T. Morgan 2, McCormack<br />

26-Feb Burnham<br />

A COCO 4-0<br />

August, Lock, Scott, O.G.<br />

01-Mar Holyport<br />

H COCO 1-0<br />

T. Morgan<br />

05-Mar Virginia Water<br />

H COCO 1-1<br />

Surpanu<br />

08-Mar <strong>Abbey</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong><br />

A COCO 0-1<br />

12-Mar Holyport<br />

A COCO 0-3<br />

19-Mar CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> H COCO 0-0<br />

22-Mar Wycombe Wanderers H BBT SF 0-0*** 1267<br />

26-Mar Tadley Calleva<br />

H COCO 2-2<br />

August, T. Morgan<br />

29-Mar Virginia Water<br />

A COCO 2-0<br />

Surpanu, McCormack<br />

02-Apr North Greenford <strong>United</strong> A COCO 3-0 Richardson, C. Morgan, O.G.<br />

05-Apr Hanworth Villa<br />

H COCO 1-1 McCormack<br />

16-Apr Windsor<br />

H COCO 0-0<br />

18-Apr <strong>Abbey</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong><br />

H COCO<br />

23-Apr Egham Town<br />

H COCO<br />

07-May Reading FC<br />

N BBT F<br />

*Abandoned due to serious injury with 12 minutes remaining. Result stands.<br />

**Lost 6-5 on penalties (no extra time).<br />

**Won 3-1 on penalties (no extra time).<br />

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

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


Weekend results:<br />

Today's fixtures:<br />

Looking ahead:


Combined Counties League Premier Division North<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Hanworth Villa 33 29 4 0 70 91<br />

2 Southall 32 23 4 5 51 73<br />

3 <strong>Abbey</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> 31 21 1 9 25 64<br />

4 Egham Town 32 18 9 5 25 63<br />

5 North Greenford <strong>United</strong> 32 18 4 10 38 58<br />

6 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 32 16 9 7 18 57<br />

7 Windsor 33 12 8 13 -1 44<br />

8 Edgware Town 32 12 7 13 9 43<br />

9 Reading City 32 11 8 13 -3 41<br />

10 Tadley Calleva 32 11 6 15 -1 39<br />

11 St Panteleimon 31 11 5 15 1 38<br />

12 Spelthorne Sports 33 11 5 17 -9 38<br />

13 Burnham 33 9 7 17 -46 34<br />

14 Wembley 34 9 6 19 -24 33<br />

15 Virginia Water 33 9 4 20 -27 31<br />

16 Wokingham & Emmbrook 32 7 6 19 -22 27<br />

17 CB Hounslow <strong>United</strong> 33 7 4 22 -66 25<br />

18 Holyport 32 7 3 22 -38 24<br />

Combined Counties League Premier Division South<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Beckenham Town 36 28 5 3 73 89<br />

2 Walton & Hersham 37 27 7 3 61 88<br />

3 Raynes Park Vale 36 24 6 6 57 78<br />

4 Jersey Bulls 36 22 9 5 60 75<br />

5 Badshot Lea 36 22 9 5 48 75<br />

6 Redhill 36 19 9 8 31 66<br />

7 Horley Town 36 17 6 13 2 57<br />

8 Sheerwater 36 15 5 16 -10 50<br />

9 Balham 35 14 5 16 7 47<br />

10 Farnham Town 36 13 6 17 -7 45<br />

11 Camberley Town 36 13 5 18 -13 44<br />

12 Knaphill 37 9 15 13 -14 42<br />

13 Cobham 36 10 10 16 -11 40<br />

14 Fleet Town 36 12 2 22 -20 38<br />

15 Colliers Wood <strong>United</strong> 36 11 5 20 -21 38<br />

16 Guildford City 36 10 6 20 -33 36<br />

17 Frimley Green 35 10 5 20 -38 35<br />

18 AFC Croydon Athletic 36 7 11 18 -35 32<br />

19 Banstead Athletic 36 6 6 24 -47 24<br />

20 Molesey 36 2 6 28 -90 12

Clockwise from top left: Charlie Morgan<br />

takes a shot, Sam Gray clears, Josh<br />

Masters on the ball, Tom Scott tries to<br />

escape his marker, Louis Bouwers<br />

beats the Windsor 'keeper in the air but<br />

is harshly penalised.<br />


Clockwise from top: <strong>Ascot</strong> on the<br />

attack, Louis Bouwers hammers<br />

clear, Tom Scott in midfield action.<br />



Below are the updated <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> appearance and scorers' records for<br />

this season's squad.<br />

2021-22 All-time<br />

App Goals App Goals<br />

D Amate 7 - 7 -<br />

R Andrady 2 - 20 -<br />

K August 41 8 41 8<br />

D Bailey 40 6 69 10<br />

L Bouwers 25 - 171 11<br />

E Carey 5 - 55 4<br />

I Davies 17 1 76 36<br />

J Denton 29 3 205 22<br />

C Ellis 28 - 85 1<br />

S Evans 8 1 25 1<br />

A Everiss 26 1 26 1<br />

L Farhall 1 - 1 -<br />

C Ferguson 11 - 31 1<br />

W Frank 2 - 2 -<br />

B Gill 1 - 1 -<br />

O Graham 6 - 6 -<br />

S Gray 44 - 130 -<br />

M Gutteridge 2 2 25 4<br />

A Hall 2 - 2 -<br />

R Hamid 12 1 12 1<br />

J Harper 13 - 13 -<br />

H Laflin 30 29 139 81<br />

G Lock 40 5 164 10<br />

J Masters 26 - 34 -<br />

S McCormack 40 9 40 9<br />

R Merrick 19 - 39 -<br />

C Morgan 3 - 3 -<br />

T Morgan 37 13 53 16<br />

J Nice 3 - 5 1<br />

D Nortey 23 3 23 3<br />

D Price 2 - 46 10<br />

J Richardson 9 - 73 12<br />

T Scott 28 5 28 5<br />

D Surpanu 41 5 48 7<br />

A Sykes 2 - 3 -<br />

J Tarrant 1 - 1 -<br />

T Thompson 3 - 3 -<br />

D Walden 5 - 5 -<br />

K Walters 4 - 34 3<br />

638 92 1,744 257<br />

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Allied Counties Champion of Champions Cup –<br />

Tuesday 12th April<br />

Strong opposition, Injuries and absences prove too much<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 0<br />

Didcot Town 4<br />

Click here for league table<br />

Champions Cup<br />

The Champion of champions trophy involving the 5 winners of the<br />

Allied leagues, in a knockout competition, began last week when<br />

Didcot town beat Farnham to setup a semi final with the Yellamen.<br />

The game came during the Easter holiday period and with 2-3<br />

players away and a couple of key injuries, the <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> team<br />

had a huge mountain to climb.<br />

Didcot (aka Procision academy) started the game showing they<br />

were a well oiled and well drilled team, however it was <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

<strong>United</strong> that had the early chances. In fact with better finishing<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> could have been at least 2-3 goals to the good. Three times<br />

the attackers had one on one chances but each time failed to hit<br />

the target and on other occasions when the target was hit the ball<br />

was struck directly at the keeper or blocked.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> were likely to rue these 5 or 6 chances and so this proved. Four poor individual errors by <strong>Ascot</strong> players in a rampant 20 minute spell from the<br />

Didcot team finished the game off, even before the half time whistle blew. On 25 mins a long ball upfield which should have been intercepted in the<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> Midfield was inexplicably let bounce. This surprised the defenders, who it evaded and the Didcot attacker couldn’t believe his luck, as he ran<br />

on to the bouncing ball and lobbed the on rushing <strong>Ascot</strong> keeper.<br />

A few minutes later it was two when a ball across the back line was miscontrolled. The advancing Didcot player took full advantage taking the ball<br />

forward and then sat down two sprawling defenders before slotting the ball past the keeper. Some of the <strong>Ascot</strong> players seemed to be shell shocked<br />

with these two quick goals and it soon became 3. A high line of <strong>Ascot</strong> defenders seemed to be in control as the ball was played over the top, but as<br />

the appeal for offside was called for, a deep lying player played everyone onside, allowing a free run in on goal and a cool finish past the keeper.<br />

At 3-0 the game was almost over and a 4th just before half time finished what faint hopes the <strong>Ascot</strong> fans had. The young yellamen were caught in<br />

possession about 25 years from goal. The Didcot attacker still had much to do however as he ran into the area but using three defenders as a<br />

screen the attacker curled a lovely effort passed the Diving keeper and the 3 defenders, into the far corner of the net. The half time whistle couldn’t<br />

come soon enough to give a chance for the management team to get the <strong>Ascot</strong> players minds re-focussed.<br />

No changes at half time and <strong>Ascot</strong> again started brightly with 2-3 well worked shots but again every shot were straight at the keeper or wide of the<br />

target. The Didcot movement and ball play continued to cause <strong>Ascot</strong> real problems however the Yellamen did begin to show some fight and spirit,<br />

as a few substitutions were made.<br />

Credit to some of the players who although fighting a losing battle continued to try and make something happen for <strong>Ascot</strong> but the effort was left<br />

unrewarded. It was however Didcot that came closest to scoring through the second half hitting the woodwork twice. The young Yellamen managed<br />

to avoid conceding any more and were probably slightly unlucky not to score at least one themselves as the half progressed!<br />

Procision academy at Didcot Town however fully deserved the win and some of the younger <strong>Ascot</strong> players will hopefully learn from this. Individual<br />

errors at this level will be punished against good teams and Didcot were excellent. On this showing they are very likely to go on and win this<br />

competition. Management will probably wonder this morning, on reflection, ‘what could have been’, with a full and fully fit team.<br />

Next game: Tuesday 19th April @ The Racecourse, <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Youth u18 v Badshot Lea u18, Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup


Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup – Tuesday 5th April Wokingham U18 v <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> U18<br />

Youth Champions brought back to earth<br />

After the triumphant league title celebration <strong>Ascot</strong> returned to action in the Allied<br />

Counties Subsidiary Cup. Drawn in a group made up of the Yellamen along with<br />

Wokingham, Windsor, Aldershot and Badshot Lea their first test was a tricky away trip to<br />

Wokingham who were the only team to defeat <strong>Ascot</strong> in their league title success.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> started with a much changed team and a number of under 16 players coming into<br />

the squad Against an older, physical Wokingham side it was always a tough ask.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> started brightly but with few chances and the long ball game employed to try and<br />

allow for the bumpy pitch and to utilise the pace out wide for the Yellamen, the game had<br />

few early chances.<br />

In fact it was from an <strong>Ascot</strong> attack that Wokingham opened the scoring with a quick break<br />

down their right side before a cross was tuned passed keeper Docherty at the near post.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> continued to struggle on the pitch but kept battling and managed to start creating a<br />

bit more. It was Wokingham however who doubled their lead on 35 minutes when their<br />

centre forward who had been kept quiet for so long found a yard of space and from 20<br />

yards turned and hit a low powerful drive past the <strong>Ascot</strong> defence, who could only watch as<br />

the ball flew in!<br />

Half time at 2-0, which was an improvement on the last visit to Wokingham, but meant<br />

there was a lot of work to do in the second half.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> began the second as they had in the first but this time managed to half the deficit<br />

when on 56 minutes Fairbairn broke the offside trip and the Windsor high line, bearing<br />

down on the keeper and struck the ball goal ward. Although the keeper got a strong block,<br />

the ball trickled towards goal and eventually and agonisingly in to the net.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> made some subs to try and save the game. This lifted <strong>Ascot</strong> but as they took more<br />

chances, gaps opened and after a soft free kick was given away, out wide, the subsequent<br />

free kick was crossed in and through a bundle of players a Wokingham head reached the<br />

ball. There seemed no danger but in the confusion of bodies it seemed to elude <strong>Ascot</strong>’s<br />

substitute keeper and bounce somehow into the corner of <strong>Ascot</strong>s goal.<br />

At 3-1 down <strong>Ascot</strong> had no answer and could not get back into the game and the jinx of<br />

playing away at Wokingham struck again.<br />

Full Time – Wokingham U18 Youth 3 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Youth 1


Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup – Thursday 7th April: Windsor v <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> U18<br />

Youth – Red card and late goal seals dramatic win<br />

There was no time to dwell on the defeat to Wokingham as just 2 days later the young Yellamen travelled a short<br />

distance for a local derby with Windsor.<br />

In front of big crowd of roughly 150+ with huge support for both teams, larger than many adult non-league teams<br />

get, the derby did not fail to live up to expectations with bookings, a sending off, drama, physical battles and a late<br />

winning goal.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> were able to field a stronger team than was available on Tuesday and although still missing a few through<br />

injury and illness the team started off very much on the front foot. After 20 minutes due to good goalkeeping, poor<br />

finishing and some Windsor luck the score remained at 0-0. By this time if it had been 3-0 to the young Yellamen<br />

there could have been no complaints from either team.<br />

It was however Windsor that took the lead on 25 minutes when a strike from 25 yards flew past the despairing dive<br />

of the replacement <strong>Ascot</strong> keeper Nathan and into the top corner of the net. This seemed to shock <strong>Ascot</strong> and 2<br />

minutes later only a fantastic last ditch tackle stopped Windsor going 2 up. Chances dried up for <strong>Ascot</strong> and<br />

Windsor gained confidence but the score remained 1-0 at half time.<br />

No changes at the break but some strange referee decisions (even stranger than the first half) seemed to disjoint<br />

the game in the second half. These strange moments by the officials were encapsulated in a decision in55<br />

minutes when Hall was clear through on goal and a sliding Windsor defender took his legs away as he was about to<br />

shoot. The large appeals from <strong>Ascot</strong> and the despairing look on the faces of Windsor staff and players was a clear<br />

indication of what had to be an obvious penalty, but the ref waved play on. This sparked an altercation in the box<br />

and in the melee a red card was brandished by the ref. Initially it looked as if Hall and Jones had both been sent off<br />

but once the confusion had calmed it transpired that it was just Hall dismissed for what the ref described as<br />

“baiting”.<br />

Being down to 10 men and feeling hard done by appeared to suddenly inspire <strong>Ascot</strong> and the game dynamic<br />

changed. The young Yellamen suddenly began to fight, battle and press far more than they had earlier. On 70<br />

minutes Pandhor got a deserved equaliser when the ball came to him about 15 yards out and he struck a shot<br />

firmly past the keeper.<br />

This only went to push 10 man <strong>Ascot</strong> on further and with subs coming on, the game became end to end with both<br />

teams having half chances to score but with the Yellamen undoubtedly having the far better of the game. Windsor<br />

players obviously sensed they were vulnerable and a number of their players went down looking for the ref to stop<br />

the game. Much to <strong>Ascot</strong>’s frustration the officials seemed to stop play far more than many others possibly would<br />

have.<br />

As 90 minutes ticked passed no one was sure how many minutes the referee would add on and certainly nobody<br />

expected him to add 11-12 minutes that he eventually did.<br />

The drama wasn’t over however, when on 94 minutes a free kick from Thompson was lofted towards the edge of the<br />

Windsor area and a few defenders tried to clear. One of these clearances came off a Windsor head and deflected<br />

into the feet of Bailey. Windsor claimed offside position but he was undoubtedly played on by the fact it was a<br />

defender who played it through to him.<br />

He drove into the box and struck a ball across gaol where Hurdwell and a defender challenged and the ball<br />

deflected into the net. Scenes of celebration ensued similar to the Westfield celebrations a few weeks back. While<br />

the ref tried to get the <strong>Ascot</strong> players back on the pitch and away from the celebrating subs and fans, Windsor<br />

surrounded the linesman appealing for the offside. A nervous few seconds for the <strong>Ascot</strong> faithful was relieved when<br />

the goal was rightly awarded.<br />

With such a late gaol Windsor went all out attack. Somehow the officials found another 8 minutes of injury time<br />

and <strong>Ascot</strong> lived off their nerves with some last ditch challenges and clearances but in the 12th minute of injury<br />

time the ref blew the final whistle to end an incident packed game.<br />

Full Time – Windsor Youth 1 – <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Youth 2

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Ian is a Biomechanics coach, supporting players returning from injury and<br />

improving strength and conditioning.

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Goalless in the sun but woodwork struck four times<br />

Saturday 16th April 2022 - Combined Counties League Premier Division North - <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

<strong>United</strong> 0 - 0 Windsor<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> drew 0-0 against Windsor FC on a warm Easter Saturday afternoon<br />

at The Racecourse. Both sides had chances as the crossbar was rattled four<br />

times, but neither side did enough to earn all three points.<br />

With their play-off aspirations already gone, a top-six berth guaranteed and one<br />

eye on next month’s cup final, the onus in <strong>Ascot</strong>’s camp was very much about selfpreservation<br />

as they played the first of their final three league games.<br />

The two sides had a win each in the season’s earlier two clashes – a county cup<br />

win for <strong>Ascot</strong> trumped by a later league win for the Royalists – and both sides<br />

could have been ahead in a goalless first half where the crossbar was struck<br />

three times.<br />

The first time it was struck was in the 13th minute courtesy of Danny Horscroft’s<br />

flashing header for Windsor, and he would fire narrowly wide soon afterwards as<br />

the visitors looked most likely to score.<br />

But <strong>Ascot</strong> gained a strong foothold and almost scored when George Lock<br />

somehow squeezed a shot across the six-yard box just before the half-hour mark;<br />

the ball only half-cleared before Charlie Morgan’s goal-bound follow up was<br />

headed clear.<br />

Windsor were ultimately lucky to go in level when Sean McCormack’s cross was<br />

diverted onto the top of the bar before Keaton August’s thunderbolt crashed back<br />

off the underside of it in added time.<br />

The second had was totally devoid of clear chances until the 90th minute when<br />

Taylor Morgan’s audacious overhead hook from near the by-line dropped into the<br />

crossbar with visiting ’keeper Conaill Ryan watching-on, but that was as close as<br />

it got in a tepid second half.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong>: Gray, Lock, Masters, Scott, Bouwers, Bailey, McCormack, Merrick, T.<br />

Morgan, August (Surpanu), C. Morgan (Harper). Subs unused: Sykes, Walters,<br />



Sam Gray – goalkeeper<br />

Solid goalkeeper, confident with the ball at<br />

his feet. Established first teamer since 18/19<br />

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

when he appeared in every league game.<br />

Josh Masters - defence<br />

Established left-back having broken into the<br />

team in 20/21 following a move from local<br />

rivals Holyport.<br />

Alex Sykes – goalkeeper<br />

Goalkeeping coach and reliable backup. Has<br />

International experience having played for<br />

the England Futsal team.<br />

Dan Bailey – defence<br />

Experienced centre back who skippered<br />

Flackwell Heath in 19/20. Previously played<br />

at a higher level with Marlow and has a level<br />

2 coaching qualification.<br />

Louis Bouwers – defence<br />

A physical and dominant centre half who<br />

signed from Faringdon Town in 16/17 and now<br />

well-established as club captain. Made 146<br />

appearances heading into 21/22 but must<br />

wait to add to that tally whilst he recovers<br />

from injury.<br />

Chris Ellis – defence<br />

Signed in 18/19, a strong and dominant<br />

defender. Vastly experienced having played<br />

for Camberley Town, Egham Town and<br />

Chipstead. Looking to re-establish himself in<br />

21/22 following a year out with serious<br />

injury. Sponsor: Novem nine<br />

George Lock – defence<br />

A fearless right back previously with Binfield<br />

and Bracknell. Technically strong and a<br />

consistently high performer. Supporters POY<br />

in 18/19 and has now featured in well over<br />

100 games pushing him into the top 15 on the<br />

all-time appearance list. Sponsor: Dave<br />

Bucktrout<br />

Danny Walden - defence<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Allied U18 captain who is<br />

expected to feature for the senior side<br />

during 21/22. Sponsor: Cox Green Academy<br />

Elliot Carey - midfield<br />

Fearless, combative midfielder who rejoined<br />

early in 2022. Likes to dominate in the centre<br />

of the park and will leave nothing out on the<br />

pitch.<br />

Tom Scott - midfield<br />

Signed for 21/22 having had spells with<br />

Harrow Borough and Beaconsfield. A<br />

tenacious ball winner with great<br />

communication. Sponsor: Lydia Baker<br />

Calum Ferguson – midfield<br />

Signed in 19/20 having previously starred for<br />

a National League youth side. Also had a spell<br />

with Highworth Town.<br />

Sam Evans – midfield<br />

Played for the U16s and U18s in 19/20 before<br />

making his first team debut in the same<br />

season. Sam has been with the club since<br />

his debut for the U8s and is now an<br />

established part of the senior side with<br />

maturity belying his age. Sponsor: Dave<br />



Dan Price - midfield<br />

Popular attacking midfielder who returns to<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> for 21/22 having been out for two years<br />

with a serious knee injury. Previously<br />

appeared 44 times in 18/19 when he scored<br />

10 goals.<br />

Sean McCormack - forward<br />

Skilful forward signed from Walton and<br />

Hersham for 21/22 having also played for<br />

Maidenhead <strong>United</strong> and Bracknell Town.<br />

James Harper - midfield<br />

A former professional with Premier League<br />

experience, Harper played 316 times for<br />

Reading between 2001-2010. Also featured for<br />

Sheffield <strong>United</strong>, Hull City and Doncaster<br />

Rovers before beginning his non-league<br />

journey in 2014. Signed from Windsor FC in<br />

Sept '21.<br />

Rory Merrick – forward<br />

Signed for 19/20 and continues to improve.<br />

Looking to re-establish himself after injury in<br />

an already-disjointed previous campaign.<br />

Calm and composed figure on the pitch and<br />

has great technical ability.<br />

Keaton August - forward<br />

Signed from Windsor FC for 21/22. Can play<br />

anywhere across the front three and has an<br />

abundance of pace. Has a keen eye for goal<br />

backed up by providing plenty of assists. A<br />

personal trainer, he works hard and is<br />

physically strong.<br />

Ian Davies – forward<br />

Prolific goalscorer who scored 25 goals for<br />

Binfield in 18/19 before top scoring for <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

with 23 goals in the curtailed 19/20<br />

campaign. Netted another 12 from 24 games<br />

in 20/21. Sponsor: Zipcar UK<br />

Kai Walters - forward<br />

Rejoined early in 2022 having previously<br />

made 30 appearances in 2 previous spells<br />

with the club. Talented player who gives<br />

another attacking option.<br />

Duarte Surpanu - forward<br />

Skilful winger with lighting quick feet, signed<br />

midway through in the 20/21 season and has<br />

the potential to cause problems for any<br />

defence. Sponsor: Maidenhead Town<br />

Taylor Morgan - forward<br />

Pacey forward who impressed whilst playing<br />

against us for Fleet Town during pre-season<br />

20/21. Has played at a higher level including<br />

several seasons in the US Major League.<br />

Previous clubs include Toronto, Ostersunds<br />

(Sweden), Falkirk, Airdrie and Whitehawk.<br />

Denis Nortey - forward<br />

Striker who signed in Sept '21 and scored on<br />

his debut having previously played for<br />

Eversley & California, London Tigers,<br />

Aylesbury <strong>United</strong> and Rayners Lane.<br />

Jamie Tompkins – manager<br />

Highly respected throughout the club who<br />

guided the team to league cup glory in 18/19<br />

before taking the team to top of the league<br />

before the 19/20 campaign was curtailed.<br />

Football Development manager at Brentford<br />

FC.<br />

James Richardson - forward<br />

Former England schoolboys international<br />

who returned in 2022 for his 2nd spell at<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> after gaining experience at higherlevel<br />

Chesham <strong>United</strong>. Hugely talented with<br />

dazzling skills and weighs in with important<br />

goals.<br />

Jamie Ashdown - goalkeeping coach<br />

Needs little introduction, former professional<br />

Jamie began his career with Reading before<br />

making over 100 appearances for Portsmouth<br />

between 2004-2012. A huge asset to the club<br />

where he coaches at all levels.<br />

Dan Masters – asst. manager<br />

Dan is in his fourth season with <strong>Ascot</strong> Utd and<br />

is a crucial part of the coaching staff.


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

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

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> but nothing to link them directly to the current club. In 1965, the club had gained permission from the <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

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

this team went on to win many prestigious trophies in the years that followed.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

floodlights and a stand.<br />

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

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

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

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

we’ve rarely previously achieved.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

beaten on penalties by Redhill.<br />

As <strong>Ascot</strong> enjoy a third season in the Combined Counties League, everyone hopes for a safe and consistent campaign,<br />

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


<strong>Abbey</strong> <strong>Rangers</strong> were established in 1976, initially as a youth club for boys aged 7–16, and<br />

taking its name from the historic Chertsey <strong>Abbey</strong>.<br />

The initial years the club had a rather nomadic existence having to use various home<br />

grounds within Chertsey and Addlestone but, as the club grew in size, it became clear that<br />

the club needed to plant it's roots and were able to do so when we established a home on<br />

the old Meads school playing fields now known as Addlestone Moor. That ground now<br />

accommodates all formats of football from 5 v 5 up to adults..<br />

After years of effort, the club opened up its new clubhouse in 2008, a superb and very welcoming facility partly<br />

funded by the Football Foundation. The facility was officially opened by Sir Trevor Brooking on 3rd June 2008.<br />

The club has attained the FA Charter Community Status, and now have a healthy and growing girls and ladies<br />

section. The club also prides itself on being one of the leading lights in Surrey at providing disability football.<br />

The club became members of the Surrey & Hants Border League under the management of Les Chatfield and Bob<br />

Thorpe. winning Division One in 2004–05. After winning the league , League Cup and County Cup in 2007-08 the<br />

decision was taken to move to Saturdays and entered the Guildford and Woking Alliance League winning<br />

Division 2 in the 1st season. The following season saw the club pick up another treble including another County<br />

Cup<br />

The following season (2010-11) we joined the Surrey County Intermediate League (Western) and finished runners<br />

up in Division One. That meant promotion to the Premier Division and finished runners up which meant<br />

promotion to the Surrey Elite Intermediate League. We were also County Cup runners up. We remained in the<br />

league until 2014–15 winning the Intermediate League cup in 2014 and another County Cup final appearance in<br />

2015 losing out to Horsley.<br />

In 2015 the club invested in the ground with a view to entering the Combined Counties League and, after<br />

finishing 4th in the Surrey Elite League we were accepted for the 2015-16 season which also allowed us to enter<br />

the FA Vase. Our 1st season in the Vase saw us clock some miles up but we reached the 2nd round proper before<br />

losing to Newport (IOW) in extra time. After a slow start to the league programme we finished the season on an<br />

unbeaten 18 game run that saw us grab 3rd place and with it, promotion to the Premier Division at the 1st<br />

attempt.<br />

In 2016-17 there were new faces at the helm as Les Chatfield & Bob Thorpes impressive reign came to an end and<br />

they handed the stewardship over to Mike Woolgar & Paul Johnson. This season saw the clubs 1st Foray in the FA<br />

Cup but lost out to a good Thame <strong>United</strong> side. Another run in the FA Vase saw us go a round further than the<br />

previous season losing out to Eastbourne Town. The final league table saw us achieve a top 10 finish although,<br />

but for a stuttering end of season, we could easily have finished higher.<br />

The following season was a much tougher season which saw us looking over our shoulders at the relegation<br />

places but we managed to amass enough points to keep our place in the Premier Division.<br />

Season 2018-19 has seen the club reach new levels by reaching the last 16 in the FA Vase before losing out to<br />

Cray Valley (PM) as well as the Semi finals of the CCL Premier Cup and the quarter finals of Southern Combination<br />

Challenge cup both 1sts for the club. We also achieved our highest league position finishing in 3rd place.<br />

2019-20 season saw us embark on an FA Cup run that saw us reach the 3rd Qualifying round defeating 2 step 4<br />

clubs on the way in East Grinstead and Whitehawk before bowing out to Whyteleafe in the 3rd qualifying round.<br />

Off the field the club continues to progress and last summer we were proud to open our 3G facility which can<br />

only help the club to grow and help to develop players through our youth sections in both boys and girls football.


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