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Ashton United
Belper Town
S Wilson (35'), L Rick  (15'), C Baguley (32'), J Steadman (82')
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S Wilson (70' OG)
Sat 20 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 128

Steadman Winner Breaks Nailers' Hearts

Report by David Robinson.

Ashton made heavy weather of it but eventually got the better of bottom team Belper in a 7 goal thriller at Hurst Cross. The visitors took a surprise lead just before the quarter hour when a cross into the area was squared by Michael Towey for Bruno Holden to volley the opener but within a minute Lee Rick had levelled for Ashton firing home after Dale Johnson’s clever flick from Kayde Coppin’s cross had come back off the post.

A fine through ball from Martin Hill then saw Johnson only denied by Green coming quickly off his line and the Nailers could have regained the lead as Stevenson reached the by-line and saw his cross reach Burbeary whose effort was cleared off the line. Ashton moved ahead as Rick set up Chris Baguley for a fine 25 yard finish and 3 minutes later Sam Wilson stabbed home his first goal for the club as Martin Hill returned a corner into the box. With the interval approaching Stevenson picked up a loose ball and cut inside before bringing a fine save out of Ashton keeper Modlinsky.

Belper now had a mountain to climb and put several dangerous crosses into the Ashton area and with the home side not heeding the warning they found a lifeline on the hour as a scramble in the home area saw the ball forced home by Burbeary before a crossfield pass from the same player required Modlinsky to be sharply off his line to deny Holden, but ten minutes later they were level as an attempted clearance from a corner appeared to be deflected in off home defender Wilson.

With the hosts desperate for the points to maintain their play off challenge Johnson’s flick saw Josh Steadman’s effort blocked by Adams but with just 8 minutes left on the clock it fell to sub Steadman to touch the ball home as Lee Rick’s attempted shot reached him and there was still opportunity for Johnson to demonstrate his fine control before time almost stood still as his sublime chip rolled against the post.

Team: Modlinsky, Wilson, Pearson, Gorton, Higgins, Young, Rick, Baguley (Haslam), Johnson, Coppin (Steadman) & Hill (Vincent).

SNU: Halford.

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Goal Lee Rick scores for Ashton United
Goal Chris Baguley scores for Ashton United
Goal Sam Wilson scores for Ashton United
Own Goal Sam Wilson scores an own goal
Goal Josh Steadman scores for Ashton United

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As it happened

  • Ashton United
  • Belper Town
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  • Lee Rick Goal 15:00'
  • Kayde Coppin Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Lee Rick Assist 32:00'
  • Chris Baguley Goal 32:00'
  • Sam Wilson Goal 35:00'
  • Martin Hill Assist 35:00'
  • Chris Baguley Sub Off 53:00'
  • Mark Haslam Sub On 53:00'
  • Kayde Coppin Sub Off 64:00'
  • Josh Steadman Sub On 64:00'
  • Sam Wilson Own Goal 70:00'
  • Sam Wilson Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Lee Rick Assist 82:00'
  • Josh Steadman Goal 82:00'
  • Martin Hill Sub Off 90:00'
  • Danny Vincent Sub On 90:00'

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# 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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