Robins In Readiness For Big Kick Off!
Report by David Robinson.
Ashton ultimately ran out comfortable winners in their latest build up match against their local rivals. The game was settled in the second half by 2 goals from last season’s strike force of Martin Pilkington and Dale Johnson after a quiet first period. Another player from last season Chris Baguley had the first real chance picking up Melia’s square pass but putting his effort straight at Jones in the home goal.
On 25 minutes the best move so far saw Robinson’s crossfield pass pick out ex-Robin Pratt but he dragged his left foot shot past the far post.
Straight after the restart Max Harrop’s corner saw Sam Wilson’s unmarked effort tipped over by the keeper and the hosts then almost made the breakthrough as Buceto’s swinging free kick came back off the inside of the post, Bryant firing the rebound over the top.
Just past the hour the Robins made the breakthrough via a familiar source as Harrop’s cross found Pilkington beating the last defender before poking home and, after Johnson had been denied by Jones and put a header narrowly past the post, he settled the issue with an emphatic finish firing home from just inside the area.
Team: Martin, Williams, Horrocks, Egerton-Wilson, Connor, Haining, Gee, Baguley, Sutherland, Johnson, Melia.
Subs: Hill, Pilkington, O’Connor, Leadbetter, Harrop, Gorton, Leeds (GK).