Harry Emmett inspires Longlevens to victory against Ascot United

Longlevens bounced back from their midweek defeat to Tuffley Rovers by putting in a superb defensive display to beat high flying Ascot United 1-0 at Saw Mills.

17 year old midfielder Harry Emmett played an instrumental part in the goal as well as at times running the show, as Longlevens saw off the Ascot threat to score a later winner.

After he had initially taken the corner, the clearance fell to Emmett and he tricked his way past two defenders to the byline before squaring for substitute James Campbell to score his sixth league goal for the Gloucester-based side.

The win is the perfect tonic for Longlevens after the defeat in midweek and with the news that their midweek GFA Trophy tie with Thornbury Town being postponed, meaning Levens now have a six day rest before the rematch with Tuffley in the FA Vase at Saw Mills on Friday night.

Longlevens welcomed an Ascot United side who had forward Nathan Minhas in the starting line up. Minhas had scored 16 goals this season before today’s game, so the hosts knew they had to defend well.

Levens nearly got off to a great start with Shaun O’Connor going close inside the first 90 seconds, with his effort well held by goalkeeper Sam Gray.

Ascot had their first chance just minutes later, with Minhas thundering an effort off the crossbar via an Ash Wintle fingertip.

Ascot centre back Louis Bouwers fired just wide after he picked up a cleared corner on the edge of the Longlevens box. Jean-Claude Etienne saw his effort blocked by Ed Smyllie as Ascot started to take control.

Longlevens worked a short corner well which ended with Jonty Welch firing in a low effort towards the bottom corner, with Gray getting down low to save.

Into the second half and Longlevens started brighter and nearly took the lead with central defender Kieran Squires whipping a free kick into Gray’s gloves.

With 25 minutes left on the clock and with Ascot mounting serious pressure on the Longlevens goal, Craig Martin produced a great header to clear a cross in with Daniel Price lurking. Martin was stood still with the ball coming over him and he managed to generate enough power in his neck to head the ball comfortably clear.

Harry Emmett then took over the game. Firstly, he took the ball down on the right hand side and carried the ball infield before firing just wide.

Then Emmett broke from an Ascot corner, producing a nutmeg before carrying the ball 25 yards into the Ascot half, laying it to sub James Campbell on the left corner of the box and the forward’s shot was blocked.

Emmett then swung in a corner that saw Gray produce a Peter Schmeichel-style save to get down and claw an Ed Smyllie header up over the bar.

From the following run of corners Emmett squared for Campbell who finished it off well.

James Campbell nearly added to his opener with a 30 yard volley that was well saved by Gray. Ascot had a flurry of corners in injury time but the Longlevens defensive line stood firm.

The win moves Longlevens up to 10th in the Hellenic Premier, whilst Ascot drop to 4th after today’s results.

Longlevens: Wintle, Dunn (Barnett 90+3), Smyllie, Kavangh, Squires, Roach, Welch, Martin, Emmett, Turner (Campbell 75), O’Connor (Johns 83)

Subs Not Used: None

Ascot United: Gray, Lock, Haworth, Carlisle, Bouwers, F Etienne, Denton (Richardson 82), Sullivan (Laflin 59), Minhas, Price, J Etienne (Hodges 82)

Subs Not Used: Boultwood

Severn Sport Man Of The Match – Harry Emmett (Longlevens)