Report by David Robinson
A single goal by club captain Jay Gorton was enough for Ashton to secure all 3 points against their visitors from Lincolnshire thus securing the double after their 4-3 victory in the return fixture. The decisive moment arrived after 26 minutes as Gorton broke up an attack and strode forward towards the visitors’ penalty area before heading home Cavell Coo’s deep cross off the post. The Daniels started the brighter and Richards deflected cross had Phillips backpedalling to punch the ball away before Hicks moved into the area and saw his cross headed out by Liam Goulding,Hassall then cut inside before blazing well wide of the target.
Adam Morning’s left wing cross then saw Martin Pilkington and Chris Baguley both have shots blocked and a good build up by Stamford then saw Shariff’s effort on the turn saved by Phillips. Following the goal Morning then had a chance to extend the Robins’ lead but put Martin Pilkington’s square pass over the bar. The visitors came closest in the first period when Nathan Fox sent a free kick curling wide after Gorton had been yellow carded for pulling back Nabil Shariff.
After the break a short corner saw Paul Marshall pick out Dale Johnson at the far post who headed over from a promising position. Nathan Hicks then hammered Stamford’s best chance to date over the top after the ball had broken to him in the area and Chris Baguley then put another effort over the top after Johnson had set him up and then Baguley went close to a spectacular second for Ashton volleying into the side netting after Martin Pilkington had played him in from Matty Chadwick’s inside pass.
Chadwick was then fouled by Hassall on his way to goal with Baguley curling the free kick wide and Chadwick himself then collected a rebound but fired narrowly wide and Will Haining then found Johnson whose drive was again lacking accuracy before good work down the left by Chris Sutherland resulted in a disappointing effort by Marshall straight at the goalkeeper. With Ashton dominating the second half possession Stamford were limited to some late pressure which saw Hicks send a looping effort into Phillips’ grateful arms.
Team, Phillips, Coo, Mason, Gorton, Goulding, Marshall, Baguley (Haining), Gee, Pilkington (Sutherland), Johnson, Morning (Chadwick). SNU: Lees, Halford.