Rebels Put A Rocket Up The Robins!
Ashton fail to rise to the big occasion. Report by David Robinson.
FC United got the better of the argument between two of the division’s form teams with 3 second half goals bringing them victory at the Tameside Stadium in front of a bumper crowd of 2,273.
Ashton’s one change from the weekend win over Grantham saw Lee Rick replacing Kevin Leadbetter on the right side of midfield. The Robins were looking to avenge their home defeat by the Rebels at New Year and it was the visitors who started the better as Kayde Coppin won the ball in midfield and set up Martin Pilkington whose shot was deflected narrowly wide, Lee Rick’s return cross from the resulting corner seeing Sam Wilson’s header helped over the bar by Dale Johnson.
Just past the quarter hour Johnson brought down Rick’s long ball before dragging his shot a couple of yards wide and Jack Higgins then won a header in midfield allowing Coppin to steady himself and send a shot fizzing wide of the target. FC’s best chance of the opening period arrived on 33 minutes as a misplaced header by Wilson saw Tom Greaves able to turn in the area needing Phillips to pull off a reaction save with his right foot.
Ashton began the second period in determined fashion and a run into the area saw Pilkington pick out Johnson whose shot travelled right across goal and straight away another exchange between the same players saw Carnell in the home goal just grab the ball in the nick of time. Ashworth then had a header from a corner just pushed away by Phillips and a quick break then saw Shelton Payne beat Wilson but only hit the side netting as the game began to open up. The vital breakthrough arrived shortly afterwards as a corner from the right was headed goalwards and touched home from close range by Greaves and FC could have double their lead as substitute Daniels set up Lindfield for a shot which was held by Phillips.
Greg Pearson had just been replaced at left back when a flick on gave Greaves a clear run on goal from the right wing and he finished confidently and Daniels almost turned provider as his cross was converted by the rampant Greaves with the linesman’s flag coming to Ashton’s rescue. Just entering injury time the score line was given a somewhat flattering look as an exchange of passes in the area left Brownhill in the clear to chip home the third goal.
Team: Phillips, Wilson, Pearson (Oates), Gorton, Higgins, Young, Rick, Gee (Leadbetter), Johnson, Pilkington (Hill) & Coppin.
SNU: Haslam & O’Connor.