Game 8: Glastonbury 0.1 Ashton & Backwell United Reserves (Somerset League Cup) 14.10.17
With a gig in Bristol in the evening, I decided to spend the afternoon in Glastonbury and take in a Somerset League Cup game. Both of the teams play in Division 1 West of the Somerset League, Glastonbury 11 points and six places above their opposition. The ground was a former Western League venue and old programmes were available at at the turnstile. Only one side is accessible to spectators with a covered area with picnic benches by the clubhouse and a covered terrace area next to it. Looking over to the right there was a clear view of Glastonbury Tor.
The first half saw Glastonbury dominate the play but neither team were able to score. Ashton & Backwell came close, winning the ball from a defensive error at the edge of the area and lobbing the onrushing keeper only to see the ball bounce off the crossbar and away. Moments later Glastonbury had their best chance of the half when two attempts at goal from close range were blocked.
Ashton & Backwell improved in the second half but wasted several chances in good positions by not taking the time available to line up on target shots. The referee seemed too lenient with the players and several challenges that you’d normally expect to see a booking just led to a talking to. The Glastonbury keeper had a habit of rolling the ball out to a team mate rather than kicking. This lead to the only goal of the game when an Ashton player got a quick challenge in and won the ball. His shot was saved but a team mate was able to steer the rebound home past a lunging foot of a defender. Glastonbury picked up their game and had a couple of chances late on but couldn’t force extra time with an equaliser.