Ashton will play their biggest game for 4 years as they host Grantham Town in the play off final after a hard earned win over Farsley. With both league matches being drawn it was a typically tight encounter with the Robins restoring Dean Smalley to the centre forward position, but it was the visitors first on the offensive as Paul Walker was fouled wide out by Lewis Baines with Parkin’s free kick proving too strong.
Daniel Mooney’s touch on to Liam Tomsett’s pass was then too heavy with him being flagged offside anyway and Deane Smalley then put a cross right across the area with Lewis Turner clearing. Atkinson’s deep cross then saw Parkin’s header back claimed by Ollerenshaw as both teams continue to feel each other out and Baldwin then made a good run into the area which was just cut out by Aaron Chalmers. Mooney then wriggled his way to the by line but over hit his cross and 9 minutes before the break he should have done better with Sam Sheridan’s through ball than to help it into Trenerry’s arms. Sheridan himself then forced a low save out of the keeper and Pritchard put a free kick too high after Tomsett had been fouled.
On the resumption Pritchard strode down the right wing before being crowded out and Celtic looked dangerous as Baldwin’s clearance was picked up by Nathan Cartman who dragged his effort right across goal. Nathan Turner then tricked his way past Josh Granite with Chalmers to the rescue and Baldwin then strode across the edge of the area but placed his shot narrowly wide.
Immediately Tomsett picked up a loose ball and continued his run into the box to convert the resulting cross from Pritchard to fire the Robins ahead, Midway through the half Pritchard made a run into the area and as he was dispossessed Clayton fouled Tomsett as he picked up the loose ball, Chalmers handling the pressure to slot home the resulting spot kick. If Ashton thought they had done enough they were mistaken as within 3 minutes a ball was not cleared from the edge of the area allowing Nathan Turner to fire home.
Deane Smalley then outran McKibbin but found the angle too tight and Ellis failed to get enough connection on to a right wing free kick. Jack Dyche then fed Pritchard whose effort was saved from a narrow angle and Ellis sliced wide as a corner dropped to him. Tomsett then saw a header just tipped away from an offside position and Deane Smalley’s clearing header saw Atkinson volley well wide as the hosts celebrated.
Team: Ollerenshaw, Dom Smalley, Baines, Granite, Chalmers, Sheridan, Platt, Tomsett, Deane Smalley, Pritchard (Evangelinos 88), Mooney (Dyche 70). SNU: Roberts, Woodford, Chadwick.
Updated 17:28 - 2 May 2018 by Steve Hobson