City come up short on Mark’s big day
CAPTAIN for the day Mark Randall nearly made his 600th game even more memorable by marking it with a goal.
But a 36th-minute strike from 30 yards was parried to safety and hooked clear by the centre half, and a half-volley from 15 yards a few minutes later after a Harry Foster flick on saw the ball clear the bar.
The first 15 minutes of the game was a rather drab affair with no incident of note. Then on 16 minutes Wells suffered a major blow as Craig Herrod came off injured after potentially pulling his groin, to be replaced by Dale Hunt.
Apart from Randall’s efforts, Ashton & Backwell had the best chances of the first half, the striker blazing over on the volley from six yards after 18 minutes, and Kieran Hodges getting a fingertip to a shot on 41 minutes that just deflected the ball past the far post.
Ashton took the lead in the 58th-minute when a cross to the far post found two players free and the No. 10 headed the ball back across goal and into the far corner.
Three minutes later they doubled their lead. A corner was headed against the bar and their players were quicker to react and poke the ball over the line with Wells once again asleep at the back.
Wells pulled a goal back when substitute Alex Camm slid the ball into the near post corner after excellent play by Charlie Crook and a quality pull back, but the two-goal lead was restored when a long ball by the Ashton defence causeed confusion between Hodges and Ross Padfield, leaving the Ashton striker with an easy finish.
Overall it was a disappointing display from Wells considering the start they have had with two excellent away wins, against Oldland Abbotonians (4-1) and Sherborne Town (4-2), but on the day they were second best and rightly lost.