Feels Like A Loss
Robins throw away points in Lincolnshire. Report by David Robinson
Ashton threw away two points in Lincolnshire as the home side staged a dramatic fightback with two late strikes. With captain Jay Gorton back in defence following a suspension the visitors made the worst possible start as Gorton himself conceded a corner which was headed home unchallenged by Ben Saunders after just 3 minutes. With the Robins backline still at 6’s and 7’s Billy Priestly’s missed clearance led to a bout of pinball which ended with the ball eventually falling into the grateful arms of Phillips.
As Ashton hit back at the other end a throw in saw Aaron Burns helping the ball wide from Adam Morning’s header before Morning collected Baguley’s long free kick and beat full back Meadows before forcing Turner into a sharp save at his near post. The Gingerbreads could have gone further ahead midway through the half as Shaw’s shot squirmed under Phillips who just recovered in time to palm the ball away from the goal line. Morning’s ball into the area then found Burns’ cross just evading the stretching Johnson and then a floated cross from Morning was headed home by Burns who was ruled offside.
The visitors deservedly drew level on 39 minutes as Baguley curled home a trademark free kick after Morning had been fouled by Read 20 yards out. Straight after the restart Chris Sutherland’s cross fell off Morning to Burns whose instant effort was tipped over for a corner from which Gorton’s shot was deflected over and then a long free kick fell to Priestly whose 2nd attempt was deflected just wide of goal. Just past the hour a fine move saw Burns’ forward pass put Johnson totally in the clear for a composed finish but immediately Priestly almost embarrassed himself with Phillips just tipping away his backheader for a corner.
With 5 minutes left Ashton appeared to have secured the points as Cavell Coo’s throw in saw Johnson roll in substitute Martin Pilkington for an emphatic finish but there was to be a twist in the tale as a rebound sent Liam Read running into the area, Priestly being adjudged to have fouled him with Read just squeezing the penalty home and with the hosts sensing that something could still be salvaged from the game a build up on the edge of Ashton’s area saw the ball fall to Hollingsworth who hammered it home to secure a point.
Team: Phillips, Mason (Coo), Wilson, Gorton, Priestly, Gee, Baguley, Sutherland (Melia), Johnson, Burns (Pilkington), Morning. SNU: Jacobs, Connor.