Ascot United's historic FA Vase run is over after defeat to AFC ShildonBy Lewis Rudd
March 09, 2013
Ascot United's historic run in the FA Vase came to an end this afternoon following a 4-1 quarter-final replay defeat to AFC Shildon at the Racecourse Ground.
An impressive crowd of 780 saw a hat-trick from Samuel Garvie and a Jamie Owens opener secure the Northern Football League side a semi-final with Tunbridge Wells, as a second-half header from Rob Gier proved to be nothing more than consolation for the Yellamen.
It was the hosts, however, who went closest to opening the scoring in the early exchanges, but Sam Wadieh could only turn the ball the wrong side of the far post after losing his marker at a corner.
But Ascot were struggling to contain their County Durham opponents and fell behind in the 18th minute when Jamie Owens, whose stoppage time strike at Dean Street last Saturday set up the replay, sent a first time effort across Chris Grace and into the far bottom corner from close range after latching on to a Daniel Richmond pass.
United were dealt a further blow minutes later when Phil Boddy had to be stretched off and taken to hospital following an injury picked up during a strong tackle with Richmond, with Jack Smillie replacing the full back.
The substitute was immediately called into action, clearing a deft header off the line as Shildon went close to doubling their advantage.
Both sides then traded chances, with Ascot's Andy Lunn trying his luck with an audacious chip from range before a fine point-blank save from Grace denied Richmond from heading his side into a 2-0 lead.
Lee Boon sent a half-volley wide after finding himself in space, with a half-cleared Smillie cross dropped nicely for Lunn moments later, but the towering striker was again off range with his effort.
Shildon doubled their lead six minutes before half-time.
Adam Johnston picked out Garvie with a neat defence-splitting pass and the striker sent a low shot past the outrushing Grace to spark scenes of jubilation among the travelling faithful behind the goal.
The tie then looked out of reach just four minutes after the restart when Garvie doubled his tally for the afternoon.
Having evaded a number of United challenges the forward found the bottom right hand corner with a strike from the edge of the box.
But all was not lost for the home side, with Gier powerfully heading home a Rob Saunders corner in the 52nd minute to reduce the deficit and give the majority of the crowd faint hopes of a possible comeback.
United boss Jeff Lamb threw on both Josh Warren and Joe Yeates as the side pushed forward in search of a second, while centre-half Justin Clayton was deployed as an emergency centre forward in order to give the hosts more of an aerial threat in the final third of the pitch.
But they were unable to add to their tally, with Lunn again failing to trouble Keith Finch in the Shildon goal with an effort from just outside the box.
And their departure from the competition was confirmed two minutes before time when Owens broke free down the left and set up Garvie to complete his hat-trick with a simple finish from five yards.
Ascot United: Grace, Hancock, Boddy (Smillie), Wadieh, Clayton, Gier, Hoar, Lunn (Warren), Knight, Saunders, Boon (Yeates), Subs not used: Brooks, Bowles.