ASHTON UNITED VS BOSTON UNITED FC
DATE: SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2018
VENUE: Hurst Cross Stadium, Surrey Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8DY.
Ashton United come into this fixture on the back of a mixed bag of form having won one, drawn one and lost one of their last three games. The victory came at home to Guiseley, the loss came away at Bradford Park Avenue and the draw came against this weekend’s opponents Boston United.
Boston United come into this cup fixture with three defeats in the last four games, their other game was the 1-1 draw at Hurt Cross. Those three defeats came against Southport, AFC Telford and Brackley Town respectively. Coincidentally, Boston’s last away win came back in September in Ashton against Curzon Ashton who they beat 3-1 courtesy of goals from Nicky Walker, Ahkeem Rose and Max Wright.
ONE TO WATCH:
Last time, our media picked out Brad Abbott as the one to watch but after his sensational goal in the league fixture its only fair that we focus on Ryan Qualter for this encounter. Qualter has plenty of experience at non-league level. The earliest information we can find is Qualter being at Ossett Town, where he was club captain and a fan favourite. The centre back impressed managers in higher leagues and was snapped up by Bradford Park Avenue in 2014. He spent three and a half years before moving down a division to, at the time, free spending Shaw Lane AFC. He was made club captain at Shaw Lane but didn’t stay there too long as Boston United manager Craig Elliot made sure he brought the defender to The Jakeman’s Stadium in January 2018. This was the second time Elliot and Qualter had worked together as they was both at Shaw Lane together
LAST TIME WE MET:
It was less than a month ago, three weeks to be exact, since Ashton faced Boston United at Hurst Cross. It was a good start for the Robins but on the ten minute mark Boston defender Ryan Qualter picked up the ball on the half way line and struck the ball from 40 yards out and it flew straight past Luke Pilling into the top corner to give the away side the lead going into the break. During the second half the Robins looked the better side and in the remaining few minutes Brad Abbot saw red for the away side. The Robins sealed a point just before innury time as Sam Sheridan split open the Boston defence and somehow managed to find Liam Tomsett in acres of space who calmly slotted the ball past Sebastian Malkowski to ensure the game ended one a piece.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE ACTION?
Updated 16:37 - 23 Nov 2018 by George Clayton
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Alternatively you can make the visit to Hurst Cross with match prices as follows;
Adults - £12
Concessions - £8
Under 12’s £3