Dean Smashes Glassboys' Hopes
Ashton Win 6 Pointer in West Midlands. Report by David Robinson
Ashton moved in to the top 4 places as they won a real 6 point game against promotion rivals Stourbridge and thus inflicted the host’s first league defeat in 11 games. With Gary Gee absent for the Robins Liam Brownhill moved onto the right side of midfield with the hosts boasting the league’s leading scorer Karl Hawley in their ranks and it was he who had the first real chance after 8 minutes as Chris Lait picked him out, the centre forward cutting back inside before shooting straight at Phillips.
In a cagey opening 20 minutes Joe Connor needed to be alert ahead of Richards who was almost on to Hawley’s flick and Matt Dodd then went past Cavell Coo and picked out Hawley with his cross, Stephen Mason making a vital block. A misplaced header by Jay Gorton then allowed Hawley to set up Justin Richards who sliced a glorious chance horribly wide but just before the half hour the Robins made the breakthrough as James Dean latched on to a through ball and sprinted in to the area where Stuart Pierpoint pushed him off the ball at the cost of a penalty. The referee deemed this worthy of a red card and Chris Baguley was once more unnerving from the spot and immediately Ashton could have doubled their money as Matty Chadwick burst into the area after an exchange with Dean and was only just denied by Gould at his near post.
Joe Connor then sliced a clearance needing Phillips to punch away and a right wing cross from Dodd eventually gave Hawley a great chance which he hit with insufficient power. Two minutes before the break and a superb reverse pass from Baguley picked out the impressive figure of Dean and he advanced into the area for a fine left foot finish.
Ashton opened the second half with a trio of bookings as the hosts tried to raise their game and after a quiet period they found a way back into the match as the speedy Dodd was set free down the right wing and outpaced Mason before putting over a cross which was converted at the back post by Junior Smikie. Ashton were able to play out the rest of the remaining time in relative comfort despite Vincent’s flick on being helped over the crossbar by Hawley.
Team: Phillips, Mason, Coo, Gorton, Connor, Lees, Brownhill (Lindfield), Haining, (Marshall), Dean, Baguley (Morning), Chadwick. SNU: Wharton, Pilkington.