5 Star Ashton Make it Three From Three
Report by Steve Lee.
Ashton United made it three wins from three with a demolition job of an Eastwood Town side that were plying their trade in the Blue Square
North last season.
Coronation Park has never been a happy hunting ground for the Robins in the past, but the result was never in any doubt once Ashton took
control of the game in the first half as they raced into a three goal lead.
Ben Deegan started the rout after nine minutes, a foul on the in-form striker from Paul Riley led to Danny Caldecott providing a perfectly
flighted free kick and Deegan rose to head past Ian Deakin, his fourth goal of the season.
Deegan had a great chance to add to the score a minute later when Astley Mulholland raced down the right wing, his cross missed Matty
Barlow, but fell invitingly for Deegan, but he skied his effort with just the keeper to beat.
Ashton caught the Badgers napping at another set piece soon after though, Mark Peers near post corner saw Barlow rise unmarked to head the Robins into a two-goal lead despite the presence of a defender on the line.
Caldecott made an assertive run into Eastwood territory before firing over and a Peers effort was tipped over the bar by Deakin.
Ashton forced four corners in a row as Town were pegged inside their own area and the pressure finally told as Matty Burke played in Craig
Robinson on the right and his shot from a tight angle went in at the far post much to the delight of the assistant manager.
Eastwood were totally outclassed from a rampant Robins, they were lucky to go into the beak just three adrift as Ashton continued to pile
forward, Mulholland enjoyed a run that ended in shot that was saved by Deakin and then Burke shot over from a cross by Deegan.
The second half was a more even affair as Eastwood showed more fight, but despite having more possession, rarely threatened the Ashton
goal, although a poor throw from Terry Smith fell to Anthony Griffiths, but Smith redeemed himself with a save at the second attempt.
Tom Baker, enjoyed a fine return to the club following his signing from Droylsden and he tried a long range effort following a pass from
the equally impressive Caldecott, that went wide of the target.
The nearest the home side came to breaching the Ashton defence came when Paolo Piliero had Smith a full stretch to tip away his goalbound
effort, Greg Simmons being denied by the keeper from the rebound.
Ashton found their scoring touch again with twelve minutes left and it was substitute Matty Kosylo that made it four, for when Baker's
shot was punched away by Deakin, Kosylo pounced on the rebound and fired home from 20-yards.
Late on, Ashton added the goal that meant they topped the Evostik Premier Division on goal difference as opposed to alphabetical order
ahead of FC United and it was a former Rebel, that did the damage with Mulholland giving the keeper no chance with a fierce drive.
Barlow ought to have added to the score in injury time when Aaron Burns set him up, but his first time effort went over the bar.
Ashton: T Smith, Frost, Caldecott, Baker, Robinson, Lynch, Mulholland, Burke (Baguley 76), Barlow, Deegan (Burns 62), Peers (Kosylo 46).
subs not used Rose, Harrop
Ashtonutd.com Man of the Match: Tom Baker