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First Team - Match centre

Ashton United
Full time
G Gee (18' Pen), D Johnson (67'), K Leadbetter (42')
Sat 7 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 361

Robins Fly Past Bucks!

Three points blow Ashton's way at breezy Silverlands. Report by David Robinson.

Ashton duly avenged their FA Trophy defeat in November with victory at Buxton’s Silverlands stadium. The altitude of the venue was obvious in the prevailing conditions which saw the visitors playing up the slope and also against a blustery wind in the first half.

They were forced into a change even before kick off as full back Mark Haslam felt an injury during the kick in and was replaced by Darcy O’Connor for his full debut. With the wind behind, Jameson’s goal kick bounced straight through to Hardy after 2 minutes but he lifted his effort too high and it was the visitors who struck first on 18 minutes as practically with their first attack a quick break saw Dale Johnson release Martin Pilkington and as he cut back inside the penalty area Alex Byrne brought him down to provide Ashton with their fourth penalty in the last 7 matches – this one confidently despatched as Gary Gee sent Jameson the wrong way.

Jack Higgins was penalised for a foul on Barraclough 25 yards out – Wilson striking the free kick straight into the wall but shortly afterwards another free kick from a similar area taken by Byrne was touched home by Hardy, the wind perhaps unsurprisingly getting an assist. The Robins regained the lead 3 minutes before the break as Leadbetter exchanged passes with Pilkington from a corner and made room for a shot which went straight into the goal with Jameson possibly unsighted.

14-15 Buxton/Ashton
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United were now playing with the wind at their backs and a great reverse pass from Leadbetter picked out Pilkington who was denied from a tight angle by the home keeper before Leadbetter picked up a loose pass in midfield and crossed just too high for Pilkington. Midway through the half Ashton registered again as a perfectly judged forward pass from Gee – not easy in the conditions – set Johnson free to lob home the third goal. Nelthorpe then had an effort blocked for the Bucks, the ball spinning to Taylor who stepped inside before missing the near post.

With Ashton looking comfortable it came as something of a surprise when the hosts reduced the deficit on 86 minutes as a ball over the top put Hardy in on Phillips for a neat finish but Ashton were able to play out the remaining time to move up to second in the table.

Team: Phillips, O’Connor, Pearson, Wilson, Higgins, Young, Leadbetter (Robinson), Gee, Johnson, Pilkington (Hill) & Oates (Rick).

SNU: Sherratt & Halford.

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Gary Gee


Gary Gee
Kevin Leadbetter

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Kevin Leadbetter

Key moments

Scored Penalty Gary Gee scores a penalty for Ashton United
Goal Kevin Leadbetter scores for Ashton United
Goal Dale Johnson scores for Ashton United

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14-15 Buxton/Ashton
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14-15 Buxton/Ashton
Replay game

As it happened

  • Buxton
  • Ashton United
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  • Gary Gee Scored Penalty 18:00'
  • Dale Johnson Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Kevin Leadbetter Goal 42:00'
  • Lee Rick Sub On 64:00'
  • Michael Oates Sub Off 64:00'
  • Gary Gee Assist 67:00'
  • Dale Johnson Goal 67:00'
  • Brad Robinson Sub On 73:00'
  • Kevin Leadbetter Sub Off 73:00'
  • Martin Hill Sub On 80:00'
  • Martin Pilkington Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jack Higgins (VC) Yellow Card 86:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. FC United of Manchester 46 92
2. Workington 46 90
3. Ashton United 46 84
4. Curzon Ashton 46 83
5. Ilkeston FC 46 81
6. Blyth Spartans 46 79
7. Skelmersdale United 46 73

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