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.