Ravens Swoop on Hurst Cross
Disappointing performance from hosts stalls play off push
A disappointing night for The Robins at Hurst Cross saw strugglers Coalville Town take the three points back to the midlands after a sluggish 2-1 defeat. Jody Banim made one change to the team that beat Halesowen on Saturday with Nic Evangelinos replacing the injured Deane Smalley.
Ashton started the game brightly as Matty Chadwick picked up the ball in the middle of the park and played through Daniel Mooney. However, the Fleetwood Loanee could only smash his effort into the defender. On the tenth minute Coalville had their first opening as Alex Dean forced Dave Carnell into a good save down to his left.
The Robins were passing the ball around nicely but lacked the penetration in the final third and on the 30th minute they were made to pay. As Cleveland Taylor whipped in a cross whichl found its way to Tom McGlinchey who faked past Lewis Baines and curled it past Carnell to put Coalville 1-0 up.
After the interval Ashton looked rejuvenated. They quickly took the game to Coalville in the 48th minute as Chadwick received the ball and turned the defender only for the keeper brilliantly save his effort. Ashton’s persistence payed off in the 57th minute as Sam Sheridan scored from outside the area with a trickling shot to bag his first goal for the club. Just minutes later in the 60th minute Ashton should’ve been ahead as Mooney rounded the keeper, squared it to Evangelinos only for the winger to blaze over from close range.
Evangelinos then had another great chance in the 67th minute as Sheridan played him one on one with the goalkeeper who saved brilliantly. In the 69th minute Chadwick won a free kick in prime John Pritchard territory only for the winger to agonisingly clip the post. Perhaps this was the sign that it wasn’t meant to be for The Robins.
A Minute later in the 70th minute Coalville hit Ashton on the break and Nathan Watson produced a stunning goal off the crossbar, after beating two defenders, to put The Ravens 2-1 up.
The Robins continued to press and in the 91st minutes they nearly had their equaliser as Chadwick flicked on a cross with Liam Tomsett agonisingly close to tapping it in but it wasn’t meant to be.
Coalville grinded out a good performance for their first win since January but for Ashton, who remain third, it will feel like a chance wasted with Altrincham and Warrington dropping points.
Team: Carnell, Dom Smalley, Pritchard, Granite (Jones 65), Baines, Sheridan (Platt 80), Lees, Tomsett, Evangelinos (Makhosini 75), Mooney, Chadwick. SNU: Roberts, Smith