Comeback Kings Unleash Late Onslaught to Slay Bucks
Report by Steve Lee.
Ashton United scored three times in the last eighteen minutes to complete a stunning comeback in another exciting Hurst Cross encounter as Buxton crumbled under the Robins late onslaught.
The Robins have regularly gone a goal behind in next to no time this season, and yet again they were caught cold, forty-two seconds had elapsed when Martin Pemberton’s shot from the edge of the area deceived Terry Smith to give the Derbyshire side the lead.
Buxton, buoyed by the goal spent the opening quarter of an hour camped inside the Ashton half, but were unable to increase their advantage.
Mark Reed had an effort that was easily saved by Smith, the Ashton keeper earned his corn with a fine save soon after as he tipped a shot from Michael Towey around the post, and from the resulting corner, the Bucks hit the post as Ashton struggled to clear their lines.
Smith was left back peddling when Kieran Lugsden attempted an audacious lob from long range, Smith scampered back, but the ball drifted wide of the far post.
Ashton then took a grip on the game, Chris Rimmer headed over from an Aaron Burns cross, Scott Hartley did well to tip a pile driver from Amadi over the bar after some good skill from Liam Dawson, and two further attempts by the striker were straight at the Buxton keeper.
Wayne Cahill failed to make the most of a good chance after Chris Amadi had held off three challenges on the left, the former Curzon man shot weakly at Hartley when well placed.
Burns then produced a good run at the heart of the Bucks defence, only for his shot to go straight at Hartley as well.
The dangerous Reed tried his luck from long range but shot wide and then again proved a handful with a neat turn on the edge of the area, but dragged his shot wide to bring to close a pulsating first half.
Ashton came out of the blocks quickly in the second period as they equalised inside a minute of the restart. Josh Rose switched play from the right to find Dawson in acres of space, he cut inside at pace and fired past Hartley at the near post.
Buxton had the ball in the net some five minutes later, but Reed was adjudged offside after he headed past Smith and further Buxton pressure resulted in David Taylor shooting across the face of goal.
Rose was the architect of another move that ended when Wright produced a fine turn, only to send his skimming over the bar.
It was becoming a frustrating evening for Burns, who fired wide from an acute angle and then when put through by a perfectly weighted pass from Ian Bennett, had his shot saved by Hartley at the second attempt.
Buxton then cashed in on poor marking with their next attack as Lugsden found himself in space to fire the visitors back in front to leave Ashton playing catch up once more.
Peter Wright shot over during a goalmouth melee, but his next contribution was pure class as his quickly taken free kick was inch perfect as it found the unmarked Burns, who headed the ball into the top corner, leaving the Buxton rearguard to argue amongst themselves at who should have marked the striker.
Buxton were given the run around as they couldn’t cope with the speed and skill of Amadi, who posed a constant threat in the latter stages against a tiring defence.
Amadi engineered another move that used Burns as the decoy, before Bennett shot straight at Hartley.
Smith did well to make a save at the feet of Reed as Buxton still carried a threat up front, but his fellow custodian didn’t fare as well in Ashton’s next raid.
Hartley was then caught in no mans land after failing to get to a through ball, the cross was whipped in by new signing Matthew Kosylo to Amadi, who held off a couple of challenges before laying the ball into the path of Wright, whose shot curled into the top corner to give Ashton the lead.
Five minutes from time Ashton increased their advantage with another superbly crafted goal as Buxton were punished for failing to clear properly. Kosylo received a poor clearing header and after steadying himself, produced a perfect lob over Hartley to mark his debut with the goal that cemented the points.
Ashton: T Smith, J Rose, Dawson, Harrop, Melling, Rimmer, Cahill (Kosylo 44), Bennett, Burns (Lambert 82), Wright, Amadi (Bathurst 90). Subs not used Madeley, B Smith
Attempts on Target :ASH 11-7 BUX
Attempts off Target: ASH 8-5 BUX
Corners: ASH 4-7 BUX
Offside: ASH 4-3 BUX
Free kicks conceded: ASH 5-10 BUX
Red Cards: ASH 0-0 BUX
Yellow Cards: ASH 1-1 BUX