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Ashton Keynes 3 v FC Chippenham 4
This was not one of our better performances on a warm autumn afternoon on a good playing surface. The first twenty minutes of the first half saw both teams keeping possession and neither keeper was really tested.
FC were struggling to get their game going and we seemed at time a little lethargic and we struggled to get our passing game firing as we gave away the ball cheaply. We did test the Ashton Keynes keeper a couple of times and Alex Cook went close with a header.
The breakthrough came in the twenty sixth minute, a ball into the box was not dealt with by the home defence and the ball fell to Ash Alchin who finished well to give us the lead. The lead though did not last long and within three minutes the home side was level. FC failed to deal with a ball over the top and the home side attackers ran onto the ball and sent it over an advancing Conor Chivers in the FC goal.
As half time approached and it looked like we were going to go in level the home side again capitalised on some poor defending and we found ourselves behind at the break.
The second half started as the first half ended and within eight minutes of the re-start Ashton Keynes had increased their lead with a good finish and we found ourselves two behind.
We continued to struggle in the second half in getting our game going as we tried to take on one too many player or failed to see the simple passes in order to open up the field. Our greatest success was coming down the two wings and a cross in the eleventh minute was not dealt with by the home defence and the ball dropped to Josh Drury at the back post and he slotted home.
For the next twenty minutes both teams took turns in attacking and defending but neither side were able to score with Ashton Keynes looking to re-establish a two goal lead and FC trying all they could to level the game.
It looked like we were not going to be able to come back until with three minutes left the ball fell to Ciaran Webster on the wing and he went on a run beating a number of players before he crossed from an acute angle and the ball looped over the Ashton Keynes keeper to level the score. Ciaran was honest enough after the game to admit this was a cross but they all count no matter how the ball ends up in the back of the net.
A minute later and the comeback was complete, another great run down the wing and cross from Ciaran was met by Ash in the area and he was able to guide the ball home and with time running out it was enough to give FC the three points.
This was not one of our better performances, we were not moving the ball quickly as we normally do and passes were going astray and we struggled to convert some of the chances we created. However, what we need to remember is we are a team and not matter how good or bad things are going we need to be encouraging our team mates and giving a 100% for each other.