Double Up Robins
Two wins in a week over Barwell for Ashton. Report by David Robinson
Ashton completed a double over Barwell in the space of 8 days thus registering their first win at the Kirkby Road Sports Ground. With James Dean making his debut after a loan move from Chorley the Robins opened in impressive fashion as Mark Lees made a great run from halfway before testing Castle low down.
Dean then put in a sharp turn before shooting straight at the keeper and then provided a dangerous cross which needed Lavery to head away. Craig Lindfield’s corner then reached Jay Gorton whose effort was palmed away before Edgington was booked at the other end for an unnecessary late challenge on Phillips. The Canaries provided their first threat halfway through the half as the ball broke to Trey Brathwaite whose 25 yard effort was tipped away. A dry pitch and strong wind were making control difficult but didn’t stop Liam Brownhill beating Edgington and sending over a cross from which Castle had to tip over Pilkington’s header.
Ashton would have been disappointed to reach the interval all square but within 4 minutes of the restart they had made amends as a great move saw Mason’s throw in reached Lindfield before he brought Pilkingon into the play and he rounded the defence for a great left foot finish. Barwell could have hit back immediately but Hickey’s cross field pass was just cleared from under Edgington’s nose in the nick of time by Brownhill, and Brathwaite then spun past 2 players but got insufficient power behind his shot. The Robins came close to extending their lead as Dean reached the by line and saw Morning’s header clip the near post and shortly afterwards Dean was just denied a debut goal after he picked up Mark Lees’ fine chip into the box.
Joe Connor was then booked for fouling Towers and could have been lucky to avoid a dismissal having avoided a booking for an earlier shirt pulling incident before Baguley swapped passes with Dean but sidefooted over the top and the debutant then almost registered but saw his diverted effort from Lindfield’s cross go straight at Castle. Within the last few minutes it fell to Phillips to maintain Ashton’s clean sheet firstly with a full length save as Story caught hold of Hollis’s cross on the volley and then when Nisevic burst into the area and saw his cross pushed away with no-one on hand to turn it home.
Team; Phillips, Mason, Brownhill, Gorton, Connor, Lees, Lindfield, Gee (Haining), Pilkington (Baguley), Dean (Wharton), Morning. SNU: Toner, Chadwick.