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Nantwich Town
Ashton United
Sat 9 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Full time Attendance 274

What happened there then?

Ashton manage to turn a win into a draw. Report by David Robinson

Ashton will have returned from the Weaver stadium wondering how they only managed to gather one point having dominated the proceedings almost from the word go. Having gone ahead and then seen Paul Marshall’s attempt roll against the post the game turned on 2 quick fire free kicks by Sean Cooke and left Martin Pilkington needing to net a fine equaliser to salvage the draw.

The visitors started brightly and a quick turn by James Dean saw his cross helped on to the roof of the net by Pilkington before another Dean cross was knocked just wide from the penalty spot by Gary Gee. Jay Gorton then strode forward and forced Gyollai into a low save at the expense of a corner which Gorton headed wide but on the half hour Marshall’s forward pass picked out the run of Pilkington who cut back inside Harrison and provided a fine low finish. The closest the Dabbers came during the first period was when Gordon’s pull back to Andy White saw the full back’s effort swinging wide of the target.

On the resumption Ashton continued to dominate as Pilkington sent in a low shot which forced Gyollai to concede one of many corners and the centre forward then twisted past several defenders before chipping an effort past the far post. A good move then saw Mark Lees’ cross headed past the far post by Dean and Marshall shot straight at the keeper following a poor clearance with Gyollai also saving Dean’s follow up. Approaching the mid point of the half and Marshall was unlucky to hit the post from Pilkington’s lay off but as the play switched to the other end Shotton won a free kick after being knocked off the ball by Gorton and Cooke sent his dipping effort into the far corner with Phillips deceived.

Just one minute later a carbon copy goal followed as Cook took another free kick from slightly further out and sent the ball into what appeared to be the centre of Ashton’s net with Phillips completely fooled. The hosts could have then moved further ahead as a pass inside Liam Brownhill saw White’s cross just evade the sliding figure of Shotton but the Robins were back level as Brownhill took a throw in to Pilkington who turned away from a defender before providing a great finish into the top corner. Cavell Coo then crowded out Short from Cooke’s pass and Phillips had to be out quickly to block Shotton’s effort before Bailey was booked for bringing down Chadwick, the resulting free kick eventually reaching the winger who curled his effort straight into Gyollai’s arms.

Team: Phillips, Coo, Brownhill, Gorton, Frost, Haining (Chadwick), Marshall, Gee (Baguley), Pilkington, Dean (Lindfield), Lees. SNU: Mason, Gray .

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Darlington 1883 46 104
2. Blyth Spartans 46 99
3. Salford City 46 90
4. Ashton United 46 87
5. Workington 46 86
6. Stourbridge 46 84
7. Frickley Athletic 46 77

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