Burns Lights Ashton's Fire
Brace for Burns Brings Home The Points
Report by Steve Lee
Aaron Burns returned from suspension to net twice as Ashton United picked up three welcome points from their visit to rock bottom Burscough to record their second double of the season.
Burscough had the benefit of a strong breeze at their backs and, boosted by a rare win on their travels in their last game, began brightly. Luke Powell showed some blistering pace as he cut in from the right, his cross being headed wide from Will Jones.
Ashton's first opportunity came as Marlin Piana held the ball up before passing to the supporting Matty Kosylo, but his weak effort was comfortably held by Craig Ellison.
The home side took the lead after eleven minutes when Jones turned well in the area following a corner and gave Terry Smith no chance with a well struck shot.
The Linnets were in the lead for barely a minute, Piana did well to win the ball on the left wing, he passed to Ian Bennett, whose through ball was deflected by a defender into the path of Burns, who with Ellison to beat comfortably dispatched the ball into the net.
Burns then had a header that went over the bar following a cross by Alex Frost as the Robins pressed forwards.
Burscough caused some scary moments for the Robins at set pieces and Moses Barnett volleyed wide after Ashton had failed to clear a corner.
Ashton ended the half with a couple of half chances, Frost headed over following a cross on the right from an unexpected source of George Melling and then Burns found the side netting following a neat turn.
Ashton introduced Chris Amadi for Piana for the second half and he was soon in the thick of the action as he teed up Burns, but Ellison was equal to his shot.
The impressive Bennett fired over and then Warren Beattie had a shot saved by Ellison as Ashton appeared to be camped in Burscough territory.
A long throw from Melling found Kosylo, but his shot was deflected wide and then Frost was wasteful with a header from a Mark Peers corner.
Kosylo and Amadi combined to set up Burns, who shot wide and then Kosylo's pass put Bennett through with just Ellison to beat, only for him to shoot straight at the keeper.
Ashton finally grabbed the goal that they had threatened all the second half as Kosylo produced a stunning strike from the edge of the area that flew into the bottom corner of the net.
With their tails up, Ashton added a third goal two minutes later as Kosylo fed Peers on the right, his cross fell to the unmarked Burns, who lashed home with a first time shot.
The Robins eased off towards the end of the game as Burscough enjoyed some rare possession in the Ashton half.
The scoreline was given a flattering look as far as Burscough were concered as they netted with virtually the last kick of the match, Joe Comozzi doing well to fire past Smith from an acute angle.
Ashton kicked off and the referee immediately blew for time as the Robins celebrated just their second away win of the campaign.
Ashton: T Smith, Frost (Harrop 83), Roberts, Beattie, Melling, Robinson, Kosylo (Sanasy 77), Bennett, Burns, Piana (Amadi 46), Peers.
(subs not used) Bathurst, B Smith
Ashtonutd.com MoM: Mark Peers