Ashton put Gladiators to the Sword
Report by David Robinson
A single goal was enough for Ashton to see off their visitors from Derbyshire in the first of 2 consecutive weekend fixtures against the Gladiators on a soft pitch at Hurst Cross following persistent rain. With Domenico Maiese suspended Stephen Mason moved to left back with the Robins handing a full home debut to Charlie Duke and the action opened with Matty Chadwick just failing to connect with Max Cartwright’s deep cross for the hosts before Cleveland Taylor’s through ball saw Marcus Dinanga bring a sharp save out of Luke Pilling in the home goal.
Jack Dyche’s persistence then took him to the by line where a combination of Barnes and the post kept him out and Chadwick then had a clear run on goal and ignored the unmarked Crowther with Barnes making another smart save. A ball through the middle then saw Wright evade Cartwright before the defender recovered to take the sting out of the shot and just on half time the visitors’ goal led a charmed life as Chadwick’s corner saw Cartwright’s effort hit the post before fellow centre half Simon Woodford saw his shot saved right on the goal line.
The second period got under way with Wiley heading Sharpe’s free kick narrowly over the top but within 5 minutes the Robins got the goal their play merited as another incisive pass from Josh Stachini put Chadwick away to lob home the opener before Sub Richard Smith turned sharply on to Dominic Smalley’s throw in but blazed past the near post. Ryan Crowther then should have doubled the score but took too long from Chadwick’s pass allowing Barnes to block for a corner and Chadwick was then dismissed for a second yellow card sliding into Joe Doyle-Charles and Matlock’s best effort saw Dinanga fire over after a good run from Edward Cribley.
Team: Pilling, Smalley, Mason, Cartwright, Woodford, Lees, Duke (Smith), Stachini, Dyche (Coo), Crowther (Knight), Chadwick. SNU: Banim, Haining.