Towering Performance Too Good For Ravens
Report by David Robinson
Ashton were successful on the third recent visit to the midlands bringing home all 3 points from their first ever visit to Coalville’s Mander Cruickshank Stadium. With club captain Joe Connor departed for Droylsden, Max Cartwright made his debut at centre back with another defender Simon Woodford on the bench.
Ashton forced a series of corners early on and on 14 minutes a long ball into the area saw Ryan Crowther’s header fall to Domenico Maiese, today playing in left midfield, and he fired home his first goal for the club. Immediately a loose ball on the edge of the box fell to Richard Smith who fired straight at Coton before Nat Watson’s floated cross saw Antonio crowded out at the far post. Antonio then volleyed a throw in past the near post but 4 minutes later a move down the right wing saw Lee Knight’s cross controlled by Crowther who volleyed home superbly.
5 minutes before the break the Ravens pulled one back as Dean Freeman returned a ball into the Ashton box and Dominic Smalley could only help the ball into his own net.
On the resumption Maiese made a great run towards the home goal and saw his shot just touched away before the same player fired horribly wide from Smith’s ball into the area. Cartwright then had to be replaced by Woodford following a clash of heads and Smalley rescued the Robins by clearing Coleman’s effort off the line after Anton Brown had provided the cross.
Knight’s run into the area then saw Coton needing to make a sharp save to prevent an own goal and at the other end Rojewski glanced the outside of the post with a header from Washe’s cross but the points were made safe as Knight’s ball picked out sub Jody Banim whose cross was fired home by Benito Lowe, despite Coton’s best efforts on the goal line.
Team; Pilling, Smalley, Stachini, Mason, Cartwright (Woodford), Lees, Roberts (Lowe), Smith, Knight (Banim), Crowther. Maiese SNU: Haining, Chadwick.