The new 2011/12 season saw Ashton A team travel to Brooklands for their first game. The growing fears of not being able to send a team that numbered 10 were not recognised and Q1 saw a full team take to the field, with Phil Gordon racing up the M6 to join the action later in Q2.
Q1 started brightly with Ashton scoring on their first possession, Frank (poster boy) Manning slotting home from the crease. Sam Hibbert and debutant Sean Dean worked well together to create the second goal, when Sam’s shot found the back of the net.
At the other end of the pitch, stalwart, Kevin Newall stood between the posts. Kev was coming to ref the match, but made the mistake of accepting a lift from Martin Bancroft
(Banny) who’s professional negotiating skills were used throughout the journey to Brooklands to ensure 10 would step onto the field. A junior pad and borrowed helmet later and super crease man Newall was in the nets.
Q1 ended 2-3 in Ashton’s favour. Then Phil Gordon arrived, tyres still smoking, but even then the first half finished 5-4 to Brooklands. This quarters Ashton goal came from Scott Orr who dodged a short stick midfield zone player to open up a long power shot.
After the break, Ashton had their worst quarter of the game, no goals scored and a further four goals conceded. Of particular note was the lob into our open net from the half way line, this opportunity available after keeper Kev tried to rediscover his youth on a jinking run up field, but was dispossessed near Brooklands restrainer.
The final quarter saw some parity rediscovered with a reversal of Q1’s score, the final score 12-6 to Brooklands. One of the Ashton goals came from Ant Walker (new promoted to the A), when he embarked upon a bludgeoning solo run from the half way line though what seemed like all of Brooklands team before out smarting their keeper.
Overall, new captain Banny was happy with the team effort saying, “With an improvement in Q3 we would have stood a very good chance of wining this game. The lads put in a great effort, especially as we were very light on numbers”.
Saturday (1st October) will bring Poynton B to the Rugby club for the A’s first home game. See you all there.