Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp winner against West Ham had Betfred punter Ashley Dale jumping for joy having won nearly £5,000 from a £1 football acca.

However, it was a bitter-sweet experience for the 29-year-old care worker as he’s an Arsenal fan – and the Gunners are locked in a titanic battle with Manchester United for a top-four Premier League finish.

Ashley, who lives in Derby, bet that United would beat West Ham, relegation-haunted Newcastle would win at Leeds, Hull City would pick up all three points at high-riding Bournemouth, QPR to beat Coventry, and Bolton to triumph at Shrewsbury.

As well as Rashford’s injury time winner at Old Trafford, Bolton’s winner from Dion Charles wasn’t until the 89th minute, just a minute later than Albert Adomah’s 88th minute strike that settled the game at Coventry.

Even in the other two games at Leeds and Bournemouth, the all-important goals were not scored until late into the second half to keep his five-fold accumulator alive.

“It’s a massive win, easily the biggest I have ever had,” said jubilant Ashley, who took just five minutes to select his five winning teams.

“I am up there with my football knowledge. I knew Newcastle would be desperate for a win and United needed to start doing it at home. Bournemouth often struggle against teams lower in the table, and I went for QPR because I like Andre Gray who scored the opener at Coventry. As for Bolton, I haven’t a clue why I picked them but I’m glad I did!”

He went on: “I had to tell my mum to be quiet as the results started coming in. For some reason the QPR game had 16 minutes of additional time but when that result was confirmed I was jumping around. I’m over the moon and so is my mum, who I live with. We are both in a state of shock.

“I have already treated my mum – and with some savings I already have I’ll either put my winnings towards a deposit for a house or get a new second hand car. I have not been able to celebrate properly yet as I work shifts and have been on duty much of the weekend.”

Betfred boss Fred Done, an avid Manchester United supporter, said: “I am chuffed Arsenal fan Ashley has been able to celebrate our crucial win at Old Trafford. Congratulations to this very worthy winner who proves you can win big from tiny stakes at Betfred.

“To pick my pocket to the tune of £4,991 for the sake of £1 is remarkable, especially as all five games were won by a single goal.”


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