Away league match played on 23 October 2011.
Kicked off at 10:30 AM
Ascot struggled to break down the organised home team in a frustrating first half which saw Camberley cancel out Steve Mahoneys opener.
The second half also saw Rob Keeley score direct from a corner only for Camberley to again equalise, Tayler Mitchinson's effort on goal was denied by a poor decision from the linesman before Charlie Youell sealed victory with a superb header.
The victory, a fourth straight league win for Ascot, helped them secure top spot above their opponents.
AC Camberleys Report !!
By Adam Harris | Thursday 27th October 2011
Vs Ath Ascot
I make that one each!
Athletico Ascot... having taken 3 points already in our first game of this season agaisnst a talented Ascot side, AC Camberley were as determined as ever to do the double and secure top spot in Div 4. With the only appointed referee for the division this week (Jerry Heeps) the tie was due to be officiated by an accomplished no nonsense man in black. Bizzarely it seems that having an acomplished no nonsense ref doesn't neccesarily mean that thing will go your way.
In a game where both teams were keen to got off to good start and made their presence known the odd niggling foul was commited to ensure no player escaped free to play a passing game. With both side under pressure the usual good standard of football was lacking , although when it came together in spells it was a sight to behold.
From here though you'll have to forgive my report as my memory is failing me ....
My recollection goes...1-0 down in the first half with no real obvious errors being made, the game too close to call a the 45 minute mark. Yet anohter incident inside
the oppostions box when MATT KINGHAM (Happy MATT?) was adjudged to have been fouled...yet again the ref gives a free kick out side the box! What is this year with us and penalties? Another game, another incident inside the box with no penalty given! If the old football adage about 'it all balancing out by the end of the season' is to be believed then we'll each get a chance of a penalty towards the end of the season!A now notoriuos player of Athletico Ascot (5) was making his presence known for all the wrong reasons through out the first half..the code you are looking for ref is C3 (persistant infringment of the rules) but it appeared the official had left his cards at home today...as for calling a match official a 'Cheating C**t' well I don't know about you but I would consider that ungentlemenly conduct of the highest order! Women were seen to rightly cover the ears of young and tender children as the air turned blue.
That said one of the Ascot faithful had tiny genitals and a short fuse when it came to having them handled a beautifully bearded man.
With both teams hungry for a win (knowing that this was possibly to be the toughest test of the season) oppositions were cosed down quickly and few passing moves were allowed to be played out. The hard ground at Kings has given play to some awkward bobbling passes and, hopefully, with the coming rain the pitch will soften and allow us to easilty play out the good passing game that has come to the fore in training of late (3 passes, under head height).
A wonderfully struck volley from Jon McHarg-Sharp put the game back on level terms and had The spirits of AC Camberley rising again.
No changes at half time.
A few long spells of Ascot possession had Ac on the back foot and chasing the ball down as much as possible, the resistance fianlly faltered when a cross was sent in and cruelly flick of the head of an Ac defender and into the back of the net. 2-1
Ascot then had a goal disallowed when the refereees assisstant flagged for offside. And lets get this perfectly clear, those intrusted with a thankless task and a flag on sunday mornings are for all intents and purposes there to assist the referee in his dicision making on the sidelines. The referee can (and will, thank goodness)overrule the assistant on any ruling.
One man (for security reasons lets call him Adam H...no er A Harris) was intrusted to mark the Ascot number 14 and for some unkown reason decidied to mark like Martin (Skrtl) and follow him for a bit the follow the ball leaving him free to head home albeit from what the ref deemed an offside position (with the help of the assisstant).
Matt kingham then levelled matters again with what I recall was a well taken finish. 2-2.
Apologies for the lack details, it's now thursday and years heading the old hard mitre balls has damaged my memory massively..that and a mispent youth.
Changes were made along with tough decisions. Having a large squad means that we can call on players thorughout the season to do different jobs, unfortunately it also means we must make sacrifices for the greater good. Badger was the one to take a valiant bullet when left on the bench, George having a solid game at full back contributed to the choice. Ruben came on for Harris (tired and useless) and MJ came on for Benny (another game giving everything and getting little fortune in return, it'll come though in good time). The team changing to move Pat Miller back form the left of an attcking midfield three into the defnsive role, MJ on the left, or wherever the ball took him, and Ruben on the right.
The change in formation alas was not to bring the change in fortune, Ascot made it 3-2 on the closing minutes and saw out a victory which they let the baying crowd know was a triumphant one at the final whistle with shouts of joy.
A knowing moment after the final whistle in an exchange between myself and their striker when his last words to me were ...'see you in Div 3'...
We will continue to play with the passion and determination that has seen us take 9 point in our first 5 games, 3 having been against the top side in the league.
This week we are out hunting Pumas.