Like Rams to the slaughter
Robins get back to winning ways. Report by David Robinson
Ashton got back on track immediately following the weekend’s setback with a comprehensive victory over basement club Ramsbottom. With Gary Gee back in the side it was he who was set free down the left wing which led to Chris Baguley’s shot being blocked. On 20 minutes Martin Pilkington’s pull back saw Baguley’s low effort saved at full stretch by Grant Shenton but there was to be no escape as Steven Mason continued his fine run of scoring by heading home Adam Morning’s resultant corner.
Gee then won the ball in the visitor’s penalty area and saw Baguley fire wide from a great position and the same player was wayward again pulling his effort wide after Morning and Pilkington had combined. After the break Kuba-Kuba’s pass was just prevented from reaching Danny Wilkins by Jay Gorton but the Robins were soon back on the attack as Morning’s deep cross found Eddie Toner’s header having insufficient power and Jeff King was then foiled as he attempted to round Shelton before Mason turned provider putting over the cross from which Morning’s well placed header doubled Ashton’s advantage.
Morning then put over a dangerous right wing cross which Marcus Porcha cleared over his own crossbar and Morning’s corner found Mason heading home his second goal at the far post. Two minutes later and sub Toner intercepted a short back pass and calmly curled the ball into the empty net and to complete a run of 3 goals in 5 minutes a forward pass saw King’s header set up Dale Johnson for an easy finish.
A rare sortie into Ashton’s half then saw Jon Pritchard’s cross volleyed wide by Jake Cliffe before Alex Frost’s overlapping cross found Dale Johnson twice being denied by Shenton who also saved Toner’s effort at the expense of another corner which eventually fell to centre back Joe Connor who chipped home a sublime finish. Right at the death Toner’s cutback was lofted onto the top of the crossbar by Jeff King as all eyes turned to the forthcoming visit of Salford on Saturday.
Team; Phillips, Coo (Frost), Mason, Gorton, Connor, Lees, King, Gee, Pilkington (Johnson), Baguley (Toner), Morning. SNU: Chadwick, Haining.