RECENT signing Ben Harris scored twice as Ascot United upset the form book by defeating sixth-placed Brimscombe & Thrupp 4-0 at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.

The Yellamen, winning for the first time since October 10, remain second from bottom, but have closed the gap on several teams above them.

Keeping a clean sheet was also a bonus, although they needed their post to keep out Sam Blackie’s volley in the eighth minute and keeper Lee Allen also had to go full stretch to palm away Ollie Pitt’s free-kick which he curled around the wall.

The home side’s best chance came from Matt Jones, who raced onto Callum Carlisle’s through ball to hit a half-volley that was pushed away by Ashley Gale.

More opportunities fell Brimscombe’s way before United snatched the lead just before half time. Jones was sent tumbling just outside the area and Harris curled a low free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner.

Boosted by that goal, United came flying out of the blocks for the second half and within a minute had doubled their lead when Jones (pictured) rounded off a quick attack with a smart finish.

The Yellamen now started to dominate the game and another fine build-up, which included young full back George Lock, led to Harris driving down the right and cutting back before drifting across the six yard box to regain possession and fire home in the 74th minute.

Brimscombe battled hard to get back in the game, but the home defence held firm with Jonny Denton and Louis Bouwers both making vital challenges.

Ascot completed an excellent afternoon’s work with arguably the best goal seen at the ground this season. Midfielder Ben Hodges met Samir Regragui’s pinpoint cross in his stride and thumped it past the keeper.

The Yellamen welcome Fairford Town to the Racecourse ground on Saturday (3pm ko).