Robins given the bird by free scoring Albs. Report by David Robinson.
Ashton suffered a disastrous reverse against the team starting the day as bottom of the league which culminated in joint manager Paul Phillips being sent off. Home winger Danny Andrews completed a second half hat trick as the visitors’ defence was breached five times following a goalless first period.
Albion were the first to threaten with just 5 minutes gone as Luke Clark burst clear through midfield and his clever chip over Phillips needed Jack Higgins to clear off the line and Ashton themselves went close on 20 minutes when Connor Roberts-Nurse’s cross rebounded to Lee Rick whose header gave Brad Robinson a clear sight of goal which he put wide from 6 yards out. The best chance of the half fell to Martin Pilkington, put clean through on Porter by Ashley Young but he saw his effort saved by the home keeper who also denied Robinson from the rebound.
Less than ten minutes of the second period had elapsed when Witton moved ahead as Titchener won a free kick outside the area which Andrews curled around the wall and into the net despite Phillips getting a touch and within 4 minutes Andrews had scored his second as Henders’ flick sent him running into the area where he provided a fine finish in off the post. To complete a disastrous 8 minute period for the Robins, Clarke picked out Corbett’s overlapping run and the third goal hit the back of the net to leave Ashton absolutely reeling.
To their credit United immediately reduced the deficit as Kayde Coppin’s cross was laid back by Scott Harries for fellow sub Chris Baguley to place a fine side foot effort home and nerves were jangling in the home crowd as Dale Johnson further reduced the deficit on 74 minutes converting Richard Bennett’s flick. However within 4 minutes the good work was undone as an inside pass found Andrews being brought down by Rick for a clear penalty which was confidently converted by the winger.
With 5 minutes left on the clock a long ball was cleared by Phillips resulting in a clash with Henders, the keeper seemingly incensed by the forward’s reaction to the challenge resulting in a red card and the scoring was completed as a quick break saw Gardner find Andrews who teed up Shaw to beat stand-in keeper Young.
Team: Phillips, Roberts-Nurse (Bennett), Pearson, Williams, Higgins, Young, Robinson (Harries), Rick, Pilkington (Baguley), Johnson & Coppin.
SNU: Haslam & Halford.