Bishop’s Cleeve up first for Ascot United in Hellenic League Premier




Ascot United will join Windsor on the trip down to Gloucestershire for their 2018/19 Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division opener.

The Yellamen will visit relegated Southern League side Bishops’ Cleeve on Saturday 4th August for what is, at least on paper a tough opener.

Ascot have made some impressive signings in pre season with new manager Jamie Tompkins making the most of his assistants contacts at Maidenhead United.

The club have a decent array of attacking talent and have kept hold of the likes of captain Louis Bouwers and full back George Lock.

Jean-Claude Etienne challenges the Henley goalkeeper. Photo: Robert Mack.
Jean-Claude Etienne challenges the Henley goalkeeper. Photo: Robert Mack.

Having seen attacker Jean-Claude Etienne on a number of occasions, if the coaching staff can get the best out of him then they have a strong, fearsome striker on their hands – not to mention Nathan Minhas and the impressive goalkeeper Lee Allen.

Ascot had a bit of a scare last season, a slow start suggesting a season battling relegation but then manager Neil Richards got the club to safety and you would expect a stronger start this season.

That said, our friends at Severn Sport have suggested Cleeve are Gloucestershire’s best hope of a Hellenic League title challenge this season – and as mentioned elsewhere, a long trip down the M4 isn’t exactly ideal on the opening day.

Ascot United’s Hellenic League Premier Division fixtures

  • 04/08/18 Bishops Cleeve vs Ascot United (ko 3pm)
  • 07/08/18 Ascot United vs Ardley United (ko 7.45pm)
  • 10/08/18 Ascot United vs Camberley Town (FA CUP – Friday night – ko 7.45pm)
  • 14/08/18 Holmer Green vs Ascot United (ko 7.45pm)
  • 01/09/18 Tadley Calleva vs Ascot United (FA VASE – ko 3pm)

Where will Ascot United finish the 2018/19 season? Vote in our prediction poll here or leave a comment below. See the latest Hellenic League Premier Division table here.


Main image: Louis Bouwers by Neil Graham.

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