3rd game too much for the Robins
Report by David Robinson. Picture Jez Sayle
Ashton’s third game in 6 days proved a bridge too far as they slid to their heaviest away defeat of the season. Starting with an unchanged line up the visitors got off to a flyer as John Pritchard won a free kick just outside the area after 2 minutes and his usual accurate effort saw Slinn only able to palm the ball against the post with Liam Tomsett on hand to knock home the rebound.
The lead only lasted a further 2 minutes as Dubidat’s shot came back off the bar and with Carnell trying to recover his ground Daniel Waldron headed the loose ball in to equalise. The open start continued as Waldron beat the offside trap before lobbing his effort wide before Tomsett’s through ball saw Evangelinos denied at the last by Slinn and Evangelinos’s cross was held on the goal line.
Tomsett then helped Daniel Mooney’s shot just past the far post and Waldron broke from halfway past Josh Granite with Carnell needing to save with his legs. Ashton could have regained the lead as Mooney picked up Sheridan’s pass and saw his effort smash back off the post with Slinn beaten. Ten minutes after the break and the ball was played wide to Dubidat whose weak effort surprisingly evaded Carnell to give the Pics the lead. Just past the hour a quick break by Evangelinos saw the ball reach Jack Dyche who fired over but 2 minutes later a long ball through the middle saw Dom Smalley’s clearance volleyed home emphatically by Mathis Fonovich.
The Robins were now up against it but reduced the deficit as Dom Smalley’s overlapping cross reached John Pritchard who steadied and fired home into the opposite corner. Lewis Baines then headed Pritchard’s return cross wide of the far post and Carnell just beat Waldron to Smikle’s cross. With Ashton pressing for the equaliser Tomsett moved forward but floated his effort wide and sub Brodie then ran clear from halfway for Rushall before lofting his shot over an open goal but Simeon Paisley showed his how it should be done rolling the ball into the empty goal from 40 yards out.
Team: Carnell, Dom Smalley, Pritchard, Granite (Chalmers 63), Baines, Sheridan (Platt 63), Lees, Tomsett, Deane Smalley, Evangelinos, Mooney (Dyche 57), SNU: Roberts, Makhosini..