Robins Secure Much Needed Win
Report by Steve Lee.
Sam Madeley struck twice to give Ashton United a much needed win over mid table Frickley Athletic to end their barren run of two months without a league win.
Ashton had the better of the conditions with a strong wind at their backs in the first half but it was the on-form Yorkshire side that had an early effort from Kelvin Bleau that went over the bar following a free kick.
The Robins produced a fine move that saw Madeley set up by Ben Smith, but Steve Dickinson was equal to it as was Terry Smith at the other end as he held onto a sweetly struck volley by Peter Knox.
Ashton, goal-less in their last three league games finally gave their fans something to cheer as a long ball from Ben Smith was misjudged by the Frickley defence and the jet heeled Madeley pounced on the loose ball and steered the ball past Dickinson.
Former Ashton man Lincoln Adams then headed the ball into the path of Knox, whose volley was also straight at Smith, and then in defence he produced a vital challenge to take the ball off the toes of Mark Peers after he had been released by Kevin Sanasy.
Frickley wasted a good chance when a rare error from Smith saw him punch the ball into the path of Danny Walsh, but his shot went wide of a gaping net. Frickley continued to press for an opening and a run by Bleau ended with a shot at Smith and then Ollie Ryan was through on goal, but Smith denied him with an instinctive save.
The visitors began the second half on top Stuart Ludlam shot wide after a pass from James Ashmore and Walsh had a shot tipped away by Smith.
Sanasy, a tormentor of Ashton when the sides met in the corresponding fixture last season, almost netted his first for the Robins after skilfully beating two challenges after receiving Ged Murphy's through ball, but he was forced wide and his dipping shot went over the bar.
Ryan Mallon and Ryan both had efforts that failed to reach their target as the visitors pressed forward.
Peers produced a cross that saw Smith have a shot that took a deflection for a corner before a two-goal cushion was achieved as substitute Chris Amadi sped down the left wing and his cross was converted at the far post by Madeley with the help of a deflection off Mark Gray.
The introduction of the recently returning Marlin Piana added extra spice to the Ashton attack, he produced a pass that put Sanasy through, but Dickinson managed to deflect the ball away with his legs.
A strong run down the left from Amadi ended with a sweetly struck shot that flew a whisker over the bar as the Robins ended the game on top and they could have added to their tally had Dickinson not got down well to palm away an deflection from a defender.
After this confidence boosting win, Ashton will be looking to make it two wins in a week when lowly Whitby visit the Cross on Wednesday.
ASHTON; T Smith, Frost, Roberts, Murphy, Melling, Robinson, Peers, B Smith, Madeley (Piana 73), Sanasay (Kosylo 86), Caldecott (Amadi 53).subs not used Rose, Bennett