put in a Man of Match performance, scoring four goals and winning the majority of the face off to help Ashton 1st team record their first victory for over a year and help banish the memories of the previosu season!
Oldham scored first as Ashton started somewhat nervously but responded in style with goals from Colin Shockledge
and Ian Pattinson
(two) to lead 3-1 at the break. But with John Haynes
and Brodie, scoring the first of his four goal haul, adding to the Ashton score in the 2nd quarter and Ashton starting to dominate across the pitch, a mini Oldham revival was shortlived as the 1st half finished 5-4 to Ashton thanks partly due to some excellent ball clearance by Joe Leggat
and James Charnock.
The 7-5 third quarter score doesn't accurately reflect the Ashton ball possession as they increasingly dominated the game although some wayward shooting and fine save by oldham keeper 'Trav' helped to keep the score down. The final quarter saw the Ashton defence of Teeps, Pete Dobson
, Marcus Goodlad
and Gabe Lord (playing in his first full senior season and only third first team game) kept Oldham at bay and managed to record a clean sheet whilst the Ashton attacked added a further three goals from captain Iain Johnson
, paul worsley
and Brodie. The only negative from the game was the early retirement of Iain Johnson
due to injury.