Robins Bow Out of Last Remaining Cup
Report by Steve Lee.
Ashton United made an ignamonious exit from the Manchester Premier Cup as they lost to a solitary Salford City goal at the quarter final stage, the third cup competition they have bowed out to lower league opposition this season.
Danny Johnson gave several fringe players a run out as well as handing debuts to Charlie Anderson, son of the former England defender Viv, and former Salford City winger Lathan Forrester, but it was at best a lacklustre effort from the visitors.
Forrester did get an early opportunity as he set up Kyle Harrop, but his effort was straight at Abdoulaye Diedhiou, but chances were at a premium for last seasons beaten finalists.
Scott Metcalfe fired in a free kick against his former team that saw Terry Smith make a comfortable save, before Ashton's best opportunity of the game came as Jonathon Bathurst pounced on a loose ball before his shot from the edge of the area cannoned to safety off the bar.
Soon after Ashton fell behind as a routine long ball wasn't dealt with, Ben Beresford raced through and fired past the onrushing Smith to give the Ammies the lead.
The ever dependable Josh Rose came close to an equaliser as his cross come shot had the keeper scampering back before he tipped the ball over the bar.Chris Amadi created a chance for Danny Lambert, the diminutive midfielder managed to turn and get a shot in, but it was off target.
Salford wasted a chance to double their lead as James Ogoo headed wide from a centre by Metcalfe and the half ended as Bathurst and Forrester combined on the right side of the area to set up Rose, who shot wide.
The second half grew ever more scrappy, Ashton being guilty of surrendering possession far too cheaply and as a result offered little or no threat to a small defence despite the presence of six footers Bathurst and Amadi.
Amadi wasted the best chance of the half early on as he got on the end of a Harrop cross, but with the goal at his mercy, headed wide.
Lambert sliced a shot well wide following a run by Harrop, who then had a hopeful long range shot that was gratefully held by a Diedhiou.
Not even the introduction of the normally lively Matty Kosylo or fellow wide man Mark Peers could sway the tie in Ashton's favour as Salford battled hard to hold onto their lead, which they did easily.
Ashton will be hoping for a whole lot better when the revert back to league action with a crucial six pointer at home to a resurgent Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.
ASHTON; T Smith, Rose, Roberts, Harrop, Anderson (Bennett 87), Robinson, Forrester (Peers 62), Lambert, Bathurst, Amadi, B Smith (Kosylo 70). subs not used Cheetham (GK), Rimmer
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