ASCOT United were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by second-from-bottom Tuffley Rovers last Saturday, their fourth Hellenic League Premier Division game without a win.

The first half was short on clear-cut chances, with the best falling to Dan Price when he broke clean through, only to be denied by keeper Luke Merchant, who stood up well to block the effort.

Elliott Carey also saw his long-range shot saved by Merchant at the second attempt.

The Yellaman secured the breakthrough three minutes into the second half with an outstanding goal. Defender Chris Ellis headed clear and then raced half the length of the field, playing a one-two with Price on the way, before slotting the ball past Merchant.

On the hour-mark, United had Carey sent off following his second yellow-card offence and the 10 men were unable to hang on to their lead as a swift break by the visitors was finished off by substitute Dominik Kent. And it then needed a fine save by keeper Sam Gray to keep out Brett James's point-blank header.

Portsmouth University student Gray has taken over the No. 1 role following Lee Allen's decision to leave the club, with his wife expecting a baby in August.

This coming Saturday, third-placed Ascot host the side immediately above them, Wantage Town, with both sides locked on 51 points, but with the visitors having played four fewer games.

The Yellamen, having hammered Division Two East side Langley 5-0 on Tuesday of last week, will be away to Wantage, Almondsbury or Brackley Town Saints in the quarter-finals of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup.

Sandhurst Town went down 2-0 to Old Bradwell United in the semi-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

They found themselves trailing from the fourth minute and missed a penalty late in the first half with the visitors' putting the issue beyond doubt with a second goal six minutes from time.

On Tuesday of last week, the Fizzers had lost to Knaphill, also by a 2-0 margin, in the Aldershot Senior Cup, the goals coming after 25 and 65 minutes.

This Saturday, they return to Combined Counties League Division One action by hosting Chessington & Hook United at Bottom Meadow.

Eversley & California, with Will Shaw their new signing from Binfield making his debut, were beaten 2-1 at Godalming, their goal coming from substitute Jack Kittlesen.

The Boars meet FC Deportivo Galicia at the ESA sports ground on Saturday, with both sides hovering in the bottom five.

Last night (Tuesday) they were due to visit Hanworth Villa in the Southern Combination Cup.