Cobwebs Cleared in First Run Out
Report by Jez Sayle
An early season run out in the sun at the tidy Anchor Ground ended in defeat as the NWCL side scored late in each half to beat The Robins' triallists.
There were very few familair names in the Ashton squad, although Ged Murphy was captain and Kevin Sanasy started upfront; also included from last season were Dave Sherlock and Chris Cheetham.
As with any trial game there was a lack of cohesive understanding in the team but plenty of individuals able to show glimpses of potential promise. The opposition looked a decent footballing side and take lots of credit for their part in the days proceedings. Sanasy had a decent looking goal harshly ruled out for offside before the hosts took the lead in the last attack of the half.
Glyn Barker was amongst the second half subs, coming on for Sanasy; soon after Ashton were denied a strong shout for a penalty triallist midfielder/winger Dion Depiaza got Ashton's goal as the game ran towards its conclusion, however Darwen rallied to seal a win with just a minute or so remaining.