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Sat 23 Apr 2022<br />

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

Matchday<br />

Programme<br />

Season<br />


twitter.com/<strong>Ascot</strong><strong>United</strong>FC<br />

www.ascotunited.net<br />

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 S A R N I E S<br />

Red and White<br />

Michael Edegbe (GK)<br />

Samad Kazi<br />

Luke Brophy<br />

Ryan Phillips<br />

Reece Yorke<br />

Daniel Brown<br />

Haluna Masembe<br />

Adam Humphries<br />

Jordan Goode-Keeley<br />

Ashley Harrack<br />

Luke Maguire<br />

Marcelo Graca<br />

Brendan Matthew<br />

Baback Dehghani<br />

Ezekiel Williams<br />

Trevan Robinson<br />

Brandon Tujillo<br />

Sean Alexander<br />

Elgi Fejzo<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

Dan Masters<br />

Jamie Ashdown<br />

Bjorn Dunkley<br />

Steve Quelch<br />

Chad Smith<br />

Ian<br />

Vallance<br />

Manager<br />

Asst. Manager<br />

GK Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Coach<br />

Therapist<br />

Match Officials<br />

Bimi<br />

Sherifi<br />

Jordan Berry / Greg Phillips<br />

Dave Rogers<br />

Vicky Stewart<br />

John<br />

Bates<br />

Last Match:<br />

Abbey Rangers<br />

H<br />

Mon 18 Apr<br />

3-3<br />

COCO<br />

Next Match: Reading FC N Sat 7 May<br />



This Thursday, 28th April, marks the third anniversary of losing this legend.<br />

"Duds" was a pivotal part of getting Football in Bracknell - later Football in<br />

Berkshire - off the ground alongside co-editor and friend Tom Canning.<br />

Today it is a staple for local football coverage thanks to Tom, Abi and the<br />

FiB team. It was a privilege to share in so many happy memories watching<br />

Bracknell <strong>Town</strong> in the early 2000's, generally making a noisy nuisance of<br />

ourselves everywhere we went with 'The Barmy Army'. Even though he<br />

succumbed to heart failure at just 43, his legacy lives on. And he was one<br />

of the biggest hearted guys you would ever meet. Thanks for the memories<br />

pal. Neal


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 />

Simon, Jamie and Neal reflect on the season<br />

A tribute to 'Duds'<br />

* Pen Pics<br />

* Match reports and stats - who's up and down!?<br />

* Club histories<br />

* Plus more


A warm welcome to <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong><br />

for today's Cherry Red Records<br />

Combined Counties League<br />

Premier Division North fixture.<br />

Simon Negus<br />

Chairman<br />

A warm welcome to The Racecourse Ground for our final league game of the season, and a special<br />

welcome to our opposition today from <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong> FC.<br />

As I reflect on the season, there is so much we should be proud of as a club on and off the pitch. The<br />

measure of success for a grassroots community club is not only measured by the league position of<br />

the First Team – but please don’t misinterpret this as any lack of ambition. We want to climb the<br />

leagues and had hopes of winning promotion this season – Villa and Southall have deservedly done<br />

so which we congratulate them on, but we have been part of the chasing pack all season along with<br />

our opponents today. Whilst we haven’t quite made it this year, we’ve had some great results and we<br />

go again next season with the same aim - but unlike some other local clubs this is not the be all and<br />

end all.<br />

I’d like to give a big thanks to just some of the amazing volunteers who make this club tick and whom<br />

specifically support the First Team… starting with our Director of Football Neil Richards whose<br />

tireless support for myself and the club in general is so appreciated. One of the unsung heroes is our<br />

Club Secretary Dan Birchmore - it’s got to be the most thankless job in football, but we quite literally<br />

couldn’t function as a club without his diligent hard work… how he keeps a smile on his face I don’t<br />

know (most of the time!). One of our long-serving directors Doug Page is virtually an ever-present at<br />

First Team games and is always happy to help with any job – best ball collector in Berkshire? Onto<br />

Jamie – what a fantastic manager and top bloke! He works so hard and devotes so much time and<br />

energy into this club, and his passion and desire to succeed is apparent - I look forward to working<br />

with him again next season. And to his whole coaching and management team – we’re so fortunate<br />

to have a great team in place and thank for you for all your contributions this season. And finally to<br />

our programme editor, preview writer and match reporter (plus number 1 fan) – Neal Jeffs. I know you<br />

have had to chase me literally every week this season for my programme notes, but your dedication<br />

and hours of work put into the club is really appreciated.<br />

Whilst this is our final League game, we do still have one final match this season – the Berks & Bucks<br />

Senior Cup Final against Reading FC on 7th May… tickets are still available via our website and it<br />

promises to be a fantastic event for the club. We hope to have a big travelling support who can act as<br />

our 12th player as they did in the semi-final win.<br />

Hope you enjoy the game today. Simon


Welcome to the players, officials<br />

and supporters of <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong>.<br />

Enjoy the game!<br />

Jamie Tompkins<br />

First Team Manager<br />

Hello and welcome to <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong> players, committee and supporters for this afternoon’s<br />

Combined Counties Premier North fixture.<br />

So here we are, the final league game of the season and how quickly another season has<br />

passed. It has been a testing season for us and one plagued by injuries throughout. Saying<br />

that, we have ended the second half in a positive way with just 2 losses in 20 games since<br />

Christmas and we can build on this towards next season.<br />

We have had a number of highs this season, beating Risborough in the FA Cup after being 2-<br />

0 down at half time, the County cup wins against Thatcham <strong>Town</strong>, Didcot <strong>Town</strong> (away) and<br />

of course, Wycombe in front of a record breaking crowd and just the one loss at home in all<br />

competitions.<br />

Although we bring our league season to an end today, we are very much looking forward to<br />

and preparing for the County Cup final vs Reading FC on Saturday 7th May. Tickets are still<br />

available for the game at Slough <strong>Town</strong> FC so we hope to see lots of Yellamen fans<br />

supporting us on the day.<br />

In 3 years, we have achieved 3 finals but we will not stop there and we can’t wait to get back<br />

to it in August.<br />

A huge thank you to everyone’s support and well wishes this season and to everyone<br />

behind the scenes for supporting me and the team, see you next season!<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 S A R N I E S<br />

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

ON COURSE!<br />

With Programme Editor Neal Jeffs<br />

Welcome to the players, officials and<br />

supporters of <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong> for this Cherry Red<br />

Records Combined Counties League Premier<br />

Division North match.<br />

Happy<br />

reading, and<br />

enjoy the<br />

game! Neal<br />

Good afternoon and welcome to our final league game of the season. I think Simon and<br />

Jamie have exhausted the thank-you’s so I will focus on the football. Obviously we are on a<br />

good run of form with only 2 defeats since just before Christmas and today’s visitors have<br />

had a superb season and will be difficult to beat. However, whilst we want to keep our run<br />

going we also want a full squad to select from in 2 weeks’ time so no point in pushing it<br />

today. Around the leagues it is pretty much done and dusted with who is up and down. Villa<br />

have won the title and Southall will also be promoted, and at the other end Holyport and<br />

Hounslow are relegated unless there are record scorelines leading to a massive shift in<br />

goal difference. In Division 1 South Beckenham and Walton are both promoted although the<br />

former can leapfrog non-playing Walton to the title today; Molesey and Banstead are both<br />

relegated. In Division 1, I believe 4 teams will be promoted to our level and they will be<br />

London Lions (champions) Hilltop, Rayners Lane and then almost certainly Wallingford.<br />

Not much else to say! As<br />

the season ends we thank<br />

everyone for helping<br />

safely get us through the<br />

campaign.<br />

The first 3 teams in that list are North-London based whereas we all know Wallingford are<br />

an Oxfordshire outlier. The County Cup final in 2 weeks is also the same day as our annual<br />

awards/presentation evening here at the clubhouse in the evening. Whatever the result<br />

that day it will be a good night and certainly the Allied U18s have a lot to celebrate after<br />

their title-winning season. They’ve had a but of a hangover with results in various cup<br />

matches since then, but I think we can excuse that! Finally, I think we have to sand back and<br />

celebrate the fact we all got through a season after all the disruption of the previous 2<br />

seasons, so whatever team you support and wherever they finished the main thing is that<br />

we are actually able to get out and watch them week after week which is a testament to<br />

everyone who has acted responsibly and keep us clean and safe. I don’t think I could have<br />

taken another 6 month break from football like last season!!! Thanks for your support, and<br />

see you Yellamen at the Cup Final! 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 Rangers A FAC P 1-1 175 Laflin<br />

24-Aug Risborough Rangers 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 <strong>Town</strong><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 <strong>Town</strong><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 <strong>Town</strong><br />

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

Nortey, Laflin<br />

30-Oct <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong><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 <strong>Town</strong> 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 <strong>Town</strong><br />

H COCO 3-1<br />

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

25-Jan Thatcham <strong>Town</strong><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 <strong>Town</strong><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 Abbey Rangers<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 Abbey Rangers<br />

H COCO 3-3<br />

T. Morgan, August, Davies<br />

23-Apr <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong><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



Easter Monday / Tuesday 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 33 24 4 5 56 76<br />

3 <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong> 33 19 9 5 28 66<br />

4 Abbey Rangers 32 21 2 9 25 65<br />

5 North Greenford <strong>United</strong> 33 18 4 11 36 58<br />

6 <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> 33 16 10 7 18 58<br />

7 Windsor 34 13 8 13 1 47<br />

8 Edgware <strong>Town</strong> 33 13 7 13 10 46<br />

9 Reading City 33 11 8 14 -6 41<br />

10 Tadley Calleva 33 11 6 16 -6 39<br />

11 St Panteleimon 32 11 5 16 0 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 33 7 7 19 -22 28<br />

17 Holyport 33 7 4 22 -38 25<br />

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

**Hanworth and Southall promoted. Holyport and Hounslow relegated (unless<br />

unlikely goal difference swing).<br />

Combined Counties League Premier Division South<br />

P W D L GD PTS<br />

1 Walton & Hersham 38 28 7 3 64 91<br />

2 Beckenham <strong>Town</strong> 37 28 5 4 71 89<br />

3 Raynes Park Vale 37 25 6 6 59 81<br />

4 Jersey Bulls 37 23 9 5 61 78<br />

5 Badshot Lea 37 23 9 5 50 78<br />

6 Redhill 37 19 9 9 30 66<br />

7 Horley <strong>Town</strong> 37 17 6 14 1 57<br />

8 Balham 36 15 5 16 8 50<br />

9 Sheerwater 37 15 5 17 -11 50<br />

10 Farnham <strong>Town</strong> 37 13 6 18 -9 45<br />

11 Knaphill 38 10 15 13 -10 45<br />

12 Camberley <strong>Town</strong> 37 13 5 19 -14 44<br />

13 Colliers Wood <strong>United</strong> 37 12 5 20 -17 41<br />

14 Cobham 37 10 10 17 -15 40<br />

15 Guildford City 37 11 6 20 -32 39<br />

16 Fleet <strong>Town</strong> 37 12 2 23 -23 38<br />

17 Frimley Green 36 11 5 20 -37 38<br />

18 AFC Croydon Athletic 37 7 11 19 -36 32<br />

19 Banstead Athletic 37 7 6 24 -46 27<br />

20 Molesey 37 2 6 29 -94 12<br />

**Walton and Beckenham promoted. Beckenham can steal title with win over<br />

Camberley today. Banstead and Molesey relegated.


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 42 9 42 9<br />

D Bailey 41 6 70 10<br />

L Bouwers 26 - 172 11<br />

E Carey 5 - 55 4<br />

I Davies 18 2 77 37<br />

J Denton 29 3 205 22<br />

C Ellis 29 - 86 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 45 - 131 -<br />

M Gutteridge 2 2 25 4<br />

A Hall 2 - 2 -<br />

R Hamid 12 1 12 1<br />

J Harper 14 - 14 -<br />

H Laflin 30 29 139 81<br />

G Lock 40 5 164 10<br />

J Masters 27 - 35 -<br />

S McCormack 41 9 41 9<br />

R Merrick 20 - 40 -<br />

C Morgan 4 - 4 -<br />

T Morgan 38 14 54 17<br />

J Nice 3 - 5 1<br />

D Nortey 23 3 23 3<br />

D Price 2 - 46 10<br />

J Richardson 10 - 74 12<br />

T Scott 29 5 29 5<br />

D Surpanu 42 5 49 7<br />

A Sykes 2 - 3 -<br />

J Tarrant 1 - 1 -<br />

T Thompson 3 - 3 -<br />

D Walden 5 - 5 -<br />

K Walters 5 - 35 3<br />

654 95 1,760 260<br />

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Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup – Tuesday 19th<br />

April - David Thompson reports<br />

Title winning hangover continues!<br />

Click here for league table<br />

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

Badshot Lea 2<br />

Subsidiary Cup<br />

After being knocked out of the Champion of Champions<br />

cup there was a chance for the young Yellamen to make<br />

amends against a young Badshot Lea side in the 3rd of 4<br />

games in the Allied Counties Subsidiary Cup. <strong>Ascot</strong> still<br />

had a number of notable absences but were confident<br />

that the younger Yellamen who were playing could still<br />

compete!<br />

The game started well with the Yellamen, as they had in<br />

previous games, creating a number of chances. Again,<br />

however, wasteful finishing and excellent, last ditch<br />

defending by the Badshot boys proved costly.<br />

Half way through the first half Badshot Lea capitalised on some poor defending down the left hand side. The Badshot<br />

attacker still had a lot to do however but the bouncing cross shot somehow made its way past the keeper and nestled into<br />

the far corner of the <strong>Ascot</strong> net.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> continued to have chances but again squandered these and the Badshot counter attacks, breaking through the <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

midfield, remained problematic for the <strong>Ascot</strong> team.<br />

The second half began in a similar vein but tenacious tackling and commitment from the young Badshot team seemed to<br />

stun <strong>Ascot</strong> who continued to ‘huff and puff ‘ without any joy!<br />

Although on top, <strong>Ascot</strong> conceded a second when a long hopeful ball into the box seemed to cause confusion between the<br />

defenders and keeper and a Badshot player’s head rose above them all to flick into an unguarded net.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> management made some changes to try and reinvigorate the team but unfortunately the young Yellamen couldn’t find<br />

the required breakthrough!<br />

A disappointing performance ended in a 2-0 defeat but with great credit to the young players representing Badshot Lea who,<br />

having had a tough season, were excellent on this occasion.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> have one more game in the subsidiary cup format against Aldershot <strong>Town</strong> u17’s but are very unlikely to now qualify,<br />

having lost 2 of the 3 games played in the competition.<br />

There is also still a game to come against local rivals Windsor in the 3rd round of the Combined Counties Grant McLellan Cup.<br />

With a growing injury list however that may well be a real challenge but the <strong>Ascot</strong> management will undoubtedly expect a<br />

reaction to this defeat from the players involved.

St Kitts Veterinary Group proudly sponsor <strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> Ladies<br />

striker Sarah Leonard. The Group have practices in<br />

Basingstoke, Yateley, Church Crookham and Hartley Wintney.<br />

Visit stkittsvet.co.uk

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

improving strength and conditioning.

Photographs from<br />

recent games are<br />

available via Robert<br />

Mack's website. Visit<br />

his website or for<br />

general enquiries<br />

telephone 07801<br />




Davies scores at the death in 3-3 thriller<br />

Monday 18th April 2022 - Combined Counties League Premier Division North - <strong>Ascot</strong><br />

<strong>United</strong> 3 - 3 Abbey Rangers<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong> drew 3-3 with Abbey Rangers in a thoroughly entertaining Easter Monday derby. Having led and then<br />

come from behind to level at 2-2, it looked like Rangers would leave with an unlikely three points before substitute<br />

Ian Davies popped up with an equaliser four minutes into injury time.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> came into the game unbeaten in seven games and with only two defeats in nineteen; good form to face 3rd-placed Abbey Rangers<br />

who had inflicted one of those defeats in the reverse fixture.<br />

In a lively first-half, Daryl Cooper-Smith’s audacious eighth-minute effort from fully forty yards sailed narrowly over as Sam Gray was<br />

nearly punished for lurking way off his line, but <strong>Ascot</strong> struck first with a fine team goal in the 20th minute. Sean McCormack intercepted a<br />

wayward pass, played a one-two with Keaton August on the overlap, before drilling low across the six-yard box for Taylor Morgan to slide<br />

home. But just after Marcus Williams had slotted home only to be denied by an offside flag, the visitors levelled when Gray elected to<br />

come for a deep cross that he ultimately failed to reach; Cooper-Smith not even needing to move as he cushioned a free header into the<br />

open goal.<br />

Rangers looked shaky at the back and repeatedly failed to deal with Chris Ellis’s long throw-ins – <strong>Ascot</strong> should probably have converted<br />

one of a string of balls into their six-yard box – but Dan Bailey (28’ and 42’) either side of James Richardson (35’) all squandered decent<br />

headed opportunities. However, Rangers had the last laugh of the half when Gray spilt Williams’s shot and Jack Watts poked home the<br />

loose ball in the 44th minute; a far easier chance than one that he had wasted seven minutes earlier with a flicked effort over Gray’s<br />

crossbar.<br />

The second half was a rich in chances and most of them fell to a dominant <strong>Ascot</strong> who should have been out of sight before the late drama.<br />

Their equaliser came five minutes after the restart which owed much to the brilliance of Duarte Surpanu, who mesmerized his marker<br />

before cutting the ball back from the by-line for Keaton August, who finished first-time with a neat-side footed effort into the far right<br />

corner.<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> were forced to reshuffle when Richardson hobbled off holding his hip, although replacement Kai Walters played his part and saw<br />

Dease Kerrigan save his 63rd minute effort after Morgan and Surpanu had linked up in the build-up. After a further four substitutions,<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> continued to press and McCormack found the side-netting with a free kick that Kerrigan would never have reached; Tom Scott<br />

having been initially fouled outside the area and becoming one of those replaced after taking one knock too many.<br />

But Rangers reminded <strong>Ascot</strong> of their threat when Jae Kelly ghosted onto Williams’s deep cross fifteen minutes from time – Gray in the<br />

right place to save his bullet header – before <strong>Ascot</strong> went straight up the other end although August was superbly tackled as he shaped to<br />

shoot from Surpanu’s cross. <strong>Ascot</strong> then wasted a gilt-edged chance to go ahead when McCormack somehow blazed over a gaping target<br />

with ten minutes remaining after August’s cross had left Kerrigan crumpled under Davies’s legitimate challenge.<br />

And, it looked like Rangers had nabbed the points when Kelly scored in the 87th minute – brilliantly riding through three challenges<br />

before mustering more strength to fire into the bottom left – and with just one league draw all campaign the stats were not in <strong>Ascot</strong>’s<br />

favour of levelling. But that they did, as deep into stoppage time <strong>Ascot</strong> had the final word when Davies got enough on McCormack’s late,<br />

late cross to head past a sprawling Kerrigan via the merest of deflections.<br />

Overall it was great advert for the Combined Counties League and a feisty affair allowed to flow by excellent referee Jarnail Singh<br />

<strong>Ascot</strong> <strong>United</strong>: Gray, Ellis (Masters), Bouwers, Bailey, Scott (C. Morgan), Harper (Merrick), McCormack, T. Morgan (Davies), August, Surpanu,<br />

Richardson (Walters).


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 <strong>Town</strong> 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 <strong>Town</strong>, <strong>Egham</strong> <strong>Town</strong> 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 <strong>Town</strong>.<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 <strong>Town</strong>.<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 <strong>Town</strong><br />

Taylor Morgan - forward<br />

Pacey forward who impressed whilst playing<br />

against us for Fleet <strong>Town</strong> 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!



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