Nothing Luckie About Pics Win!
Report by Dave Robinson.
Ashton suffered their second successive home defeat as the Pics turned around an early deficit to take the spoils with their third successive win at Hurst Cross. With Joe Connor the latest injury victim Daniel Cowan made his debut in defence on a month’s loan from Macclesfield and after the visitors had made the brighter start the hosts moved ahead with their first effort on goal as Ryan Crowther’s right wing cross on 15 minutes reached Jack Dyche and he forced the ball home at the 2nd attempt after Jose Veiga had made an initial save.
Jack Dorney’s effort was then blocked with Chris Baguley firing the rebound over and then a long ball into Ashton’s area saw Richard Smith just recover to thwart Luckie at the cost of a corner. Just before the half hour a long free kick reached Joel Kettle unmarked in the area and he volleyed home the equaliser and 5 minutes later Richard Smith caught Jazz Luckie just inside the area with Terry Smith needing to come to the Robins’ rescue with a low save from Zac Martin’s spot kick. There was little respite for the home side however as Richard Smith’s attempt to run the ball out of defence saw him robbed and a forward pass picked out Alex Reid who squeezed his effort home despite the best efforts of Cowan on the goal line.
On the stroke of half time Rushall could have moved further ahead as Michael Partodikromo set up Luckie who was denied first by Terry Smith and then by a defender. On the resumption Ashton were again under pressure as Kettle headed a corner against the post and saw his follow up cleared off the line by Stephen Mason and shortly afterwards Baguley had to be replaced following a foul by Martin as Ashton’s injury crisis deepened further.
Lee Gaskell then charged down a clearance but fired straight at Veiga and a fine move then saw Crowther set up Gaskell with the keeper needing to tip his effort away. The closest Ashton came to grabbing an equaliser after that was when sub Jody Banim saw his corner headed against his own goal frame by Luke Bottomer and when Banim set up Dyche whose diving header was palmed away.
Team: T.Smith, Mason, Griffin, Cowan, R.Smith, Lees, Crowther (Coo), Dorney, Gaskell, Baguley (Banim), Dyche. SNU: Lofthouse