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Ashton United
Stourbridge
K Coppin (50'), G Gee (29'), D Johnson (53')
Full time
Sat 10 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 148

Robins Smash The Glassboys!

Report by David Robinson.

Ashton turned in one of their best performances of the season to score a decisive victory over their visitors from the Midlands on a heavy surface which was only given the go ahead after a 10am pitch inspection. Brad Robinson returned to the fold and Mark Haslam was drafted in at right back as the Robins started with a 3-5-2 formation and it almost paid dividends on 7 minutes as Kayde Coppin came agonisingly close to converting Dale Johnson’s cross just putting his effort the wrong side of the post.

4 minutes later Robinson sprayed a free kick wide to Greg Pearson who saw his cross glanced wide of the far post by Ashley Young and on 20 minutes Sam Wilson’s ball into the box saw Johnson seemingly dragged over but Ashton still remain penalty-less after 26 games of the league season. They made the breakthrough just before the half hour having dominated the play to that point as returning midfielder Gary Gee stooped to head in Dale Johnson’s cross at the far post after a superb turn by the Ashton centre forward. The Glassboys themselves threatened 10 minutes before the break as Webb’s pass allowed Brown to cut inside and fire straight at Phillips before Jay Gorton failed to cut out a long pass which allowed Luke Benbow to advance into the area before striking the left hand post.

Ashton lost Greg Pearson to a thigh inury at half time, reverting to 4-4-2 as Martin Pilkington replaced him and with the weather mercifully relenting slightly the game was made safe within 10 minutes of the restart as firstly a free kick was returned into the area by Sam Wilson allowing Coppin to finish at the second attempt and 4 minutes later a flick from Johnson put substitute Martin Pilkington in for a shot from a narrow angle which came back off keeper Dean Coleman for Johnson to convert. The nearest the visitors came to registering was when Reece Hales touched Lewis McPike’s near post corner over the top and Jordan Fitzpatrick almost caught Paul Phillips out of position requiring an acrobatic save but Ashton could have extended the advantage as Johnson set up Pilkington for a effort which was deflected wide but the Robins held on comfortably to claim all 3 points.

Team: Phillips, Wilson, Pearson (Pilkington), Gorton, Higgins, Young, Coppin, Gee (Rick), Johnson, Robinson (Baguley) & Haslam.

SNU: Steadman & Halford.

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Key moments

29:00
Goal Gary Gee scores for Ashton United
50:00
Goal Kayde Coppin scores for Ashton United
53:00
Goal Dale Johnson scores for Ashton United

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  • Ashton United
  • Stourbridge
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  • Gary Gee Goal 29:00'
  • Dale Johnson Assist 29:00'
  • Martin Pilkington Sub On 45:00'
  • Greg Pearson Sub Off 45:00'
  • Kayde Coppin Goal 50:00'
  • Dale Johnson Goal 53:00'
  • Lee Rick Sub On 65:00'
  • Gary Gee Sub Off 65:00'
  • Chris Baguley Sub On 74:00'
  • Brad Robinson Sub Off 74:00'

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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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