Ashton Rue Missed Chances
Report by Steve Lee.
Ashton were left to rue a couple of missed chances at the end of either half as they lost to a single goal at a poor Chasetown outfit.
Jonathon Bathurst had a shot cleared off the line in the first half and deep in injury time Chris Amadi headed against the bar as the Robins battled to take a point back from the midlands.
Chasetown's defence struggled under pressure and after a lifeless opening, Jack Farmer's mistimed header fell into the path of Bathurst, who with just Ryan Price to beat, lobbed the ball over the bar.
The Staffordshire outfit were reduced to some long range efforts, Mark Branch firing a free kick wide and Dean Perrow sliced an effort that went out for a throw, whilst being well placed.
Perrow more than made up for that miss after twenty-five minutes as he raced onto a through ball from Mark Hands to finish confidently past Terry Smith.
Lee Wright shot wide from long range as Chasetown took advantage of the Robins being guilty of giving away possession far too cheaply.
Close to the break, the Robins could and should have levelled matters as Price spilled a routine cross into the path of Bathurst, whose shot was weak on and that allowed Gary Birch time to get back and clear off the line.
Price was jittery under pressure and when called upon early in the second half, he flapped at a corner from Mark Peers, but George Melling headed over the bar.
A long throw from Melling was headed into the path of Aaron Burns by a misplaced back header from Birch, but after a neat turn, Burns shot over.
Chasetown wasted a good chance to increase their lead when Danny Smith was found in acres of room inside the Ashton half, but his diving header went wide of the far post.
Jim Turner then got on the end of a free kick by Branch, but headed over the bar.
Amadi was introduced into the fray after serving a three match ban and soon got in on the action as Peers run and pass to the striker ended with a shot that went over the bar. Ben Smith tried his luck from 25-yards that flew inches past the far post, whilst at the other end Smith was being kept busy as Danny Smith cut in from the wing only to shoot at his namesake.
The Ashton keeper then turned sweeper to win two tackles on the edge of the penalty area, Hands seized upon the loose ball and passed to Wright, who shot wide of an open goal.
A late Ashton rally saw the dangerous Peers pick out substitute Matty Kosylo at the far post, but his shot hit the side netting.Chasetown were almost made to pay for some blatant time wasting, for deep in injury time, Kosylo's teasing cross fell into the six yard box where Amadi's header hit the bar.
Seconds later the referee signalled the end of the game, Ashton's third defeat against the Scholars in as many games, on this evidence it was a case of should have done better.
ASHTON: T Smith, Frost, Roberts, Murphy, Melling, Robinson ( J Rose 73), Peers, B Smith, Burns, Bathurst (Amadi 58), Lambert (Kosylo 67). subs not used Bennett, Madeley