Ascot United FC 6 Sandhurst Town FC 1By Adam Lee
August 13, 2012
Four goals from Ben Knight was the catalyst for a comfortable victory for Ascot United in the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Friday night.
After an even first half, Ascot's speed, fitness and togetherness showed, as they scored five times after the break to progress through at the expense of Sandhurst Town.
It took just a couple of minutes for Ascot to impose their authority on the tie as Knight wriggled his way free of his marker in the box to power a shot past Chris Grace.
It should have been two soon after when Knight worked his magic again, this time pulling back to Jon Bennett on the six yard line who side-footed over when you would have expected him to score.
Sandhurst should have been level on 15 minutes, but Glenn Fairclough completely skewed his shot when one on one.
Piling on the pressure the Fizzers had a big penalty shout for handball while Jack Thompson headed over and tested Chris Grace low down from a free-kick.
With five minutes left in the first half, Ascot should have gone two up as Knight missed a glaring chance, pulling the ball wide of an open goal following a Lee Boon pass.
But Sandhurst pulled level soon after as Fairclough added the finishing touch after left-back Adam Paris drilled the ball across the face of goal.
Having pulled level on the stroke of half-time, Sandhurst's young side desperately needed to hold on for the opening stages of the second half.
The half wasn't five minutes old when Knight again showed some delightful skill in the box, drawing the foul to win a penalty before tucking away the spot-kick himself to make it 2-1.
Knight had his hat-trick moments later when Sam Wassieh's strong tackle in the centre of the park sent Bennett through, and the striker squared for Knight to do the rest.
Bennett had a goal of his own just after the hour mark, though, when Sandhurst skipper Bobby Mitchell left an innocous through ball for keeper Ryan Keep to collect, but Bennett snuck in out of nowhere to round the keeper and score.
And it got even worse for Sandhurst as sub Philip Nugent managed to forge a chance for Knight to squeeze home his fourth and Ascot's fifth.
Ascot looked hungry for more, though, and it was 6-1 with 14 minutes left as Knight broke with pace before rounding Keep and then pullig back for Dave hoar to power home the final goal of the evening.
They now progress to face Southern League side Bishops Cleeve in the preliminary round on Saturday August 25.
Ascot return to action on Tuesday at home to Oxford City Nomads (7.45pm kick-off), while Sandhurst host Cove on Friday (7.45pm).