Sluggish Robins Overun By Classy Ammies
Report by David Robinson
Ashton’s biggest game of the season turned into something of a damp squib as local rivals Salford dominated almost from start to finish. With several injuries following Saturday’s game the Robins were without James Dean in attack and brought Alex Frost into the back four in place of Joe Connor.
Unfortunately for the hosts they made another slow start and the Ammies were ahead within 6 minutes as a long free kick saw Chris Lynch’s flick to Daniel Webber result in the winger just being crowded out but the ball broke to Jordan Hulme who provided an accurate finish into the far corner. Stephen Mason then received a cut to the head from a high challenge from James Poole and whilst he was off the field receiving treatment a raking cross field pass picked out Webber in acres of space and he put over a cross which saw Poole’s effort just deflected wide. With a quarter of an hour gone the visitors moved further ahead as Chris Baguley’s attempted clearance fell to Poole who lashed home a fantastic effort from a tight angle. Ashton tried to strike back as Matty Chadwick’s searching left wing cross was headed narrowly wide by Pilkington but it was the visitors dominating at this stage and looking dangerous every time they came forward.
Baguley then found Adam Morning who cut back inside but sent a swinging effort wide before Chadwick tricked his way past Lynch but fired well past the near post and it was Lynch who came closest before the interval just failing to convert Webber’s corner from close in.
On the resumption Hulme made a good run across Ashton’s area with the ball eventually reaching Lynch who sent a left foot effort whistling wide but with ten minutes of the half gone the game was up for Ashton as captain Jay Gorton under hit a headed back pass allowing Webber to lob home the third goal.
Poole’s deep cross then found Webber hitting a first time effort just wide and Pilkington then skipped past 2 defenders before bringing a low save out of Jay Lynch before a good build up by the Robins ended with Stephen Mason slicing a shot wide with Salford able to comfortable play out time.
Team: Phillips, Coo, Mason, Gorton, Frost, Lees (Marshall), Chadwick, Gee, Pilkington (Gray), Baguley (Halford), Morning. SNU: Haining, Brownhill.