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First Team - Match centre

Ashton United
Grantham Town
S Wilson (45'), M Pilkington (51')
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Sat 14 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 143

Valentine's Day Heartbreaker

Robins show no love to Grantham Town in comfortable win. Report by David Robinson.

Ashton continued their fine recent form with an ultimately comfortable victory over their visitors from Lincolnshire. Both sides have clearly improved since their 0-0 draw in September but you could have been forgiven for thinking otherwise as the first half hour was extremely heavy going. Then on 34 minutes the hosts got the break they were looking for as Dale Johnson was fouled on the right hand side of the area but they failed to take advantage with Gary Gee presenting Jake Turner with an easy save from his poorly hit penalty.

Kevin Leadbetter tried to make amends but blazed over after collecting Martin Pilkington’s knock down and at the other end a free kick for handball against Gorton saw Meadows shooting well over which summed up the action to date. A superb exchange of passes between Kayde Coppin and Johnson then saw the latter’s shot deflected over from around the penalty spot for a corner which Sam Wilson headed past the far post.

The Robins did move ahead on the stroke of the interval as Kevin Leadbetter’s corner was touched home from close range by Sam Wilson for his third goal of the season.

14-15 Ashton/Grantham
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Ashton were still on the attack after the resumption and Ashley Young fired well over after good work by Leadbetter before a quick break saw Johnson release Kayde Coppin who cut inside on to his right foot but fired off target. A minute later a fine move saw them double their advantage as Wilson picked out Johnson’s run and his cross to the near post was headed home by Martin Pilkington. The same two forwards then combined only for Pilkington to be denied at close range by the Gingerbreads’ keeper.

Johnson then demonstrated some fine control before firing over and he then played in debutant Michael Oates who was just denied at the near post. Little was seen of the visitors in attack which was a surprise given they started the day as the division’s second highest scorers and Liam Read’s 20 yard shot on the turn barely troubled Phillips in the home goal. Ashton could have made the margin of victory even greater as a fine touch by Oates put Hill clean through on goal but his effort clipped the outside of the post.

Team: Phillips, Wilson, Pearson, Gorton, Higgins, Young, Leadbetter, Gee (Rick), Johnson, Pilkington (Oates) & Coppin (Hill).

SNU: Haslam & O’Connor.

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Key moments

Goal Sam Wilson scores for Ashton United
Goal Martin Pilkington scores for Ashton United

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14-15 Ashton/Grantham
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14-15 Ashton/Grantham
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As it happened

  • Ashton United
  • Grantham Town
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  • Sam Wilson Goal 45:00'
  • Kevin Leadbetter Assist 45:00'
  • Martin Pilkington Goal 51:00'
  • Dale Johnson Assist 51:00'
  • Michael Oates Sub On 67:00'
  • Martin Pilkington Sub Off 67:00'
  • Lee Rick Sub On 76:00'
  • Gary Gee Sub Off 76:00'
  • Martin Hill Sub On 84:00'
  • Kayde Coppin Sub Off 84:00'

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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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