Robins Too Good For Mintmen
Report Steve Lee
Ashton United gained their first win at Hurst Cross since November as struggling Kendal Town were put to the sword by a rampant Robins.
In a one sided first half that Ashton dominated from the off, Stephen Johnson wasted an early chance when Craig Dootson was unable to collect a cross under pressure from Matty Barlow, but the winger blazed over with the goal at his mercy.
Thomas Moore was next to try his luck as he got on the end of a Tom Baker corner, but headed over.
Aaron Burns first sight of goal came when he turned swiftly onto a Matty Burke pass, put failed to direct his effort on target.
His next attempt proved to be more successful when a quickly taken corner fell to Johnson, who cut inside from the right and pulled the ball back for Burns, who couldn’t miss from two yards out.
A minute later a great run from Johnson resulted in an inch perfect cross that fell to Burns, but he headed over the bar.
Barlow was replaced by Dennis Sherriff due to injury and his first meaningful action was to turn a pass from Johnson into the path of Burns, who gave Dootson no chance from close range.
A minute later Ashton went three goals to the good, this time it was the turn of Scott Hogan to produce a perfect pass into the path of Sherriff who lashed the ball home from just inside the Cumbrians area.
Right on half time, Johnson raced clear and must have fancied his chances of a fourth goal, only to curl his effort wide of the far post.
A livewire opening to the second half saw Kendal’s best player by far, Zach Clark produced an incisive run down the left wing, only to drag his shot wide.
Ashton’s response was more fruitful with once again tormentor in chief, Johnson playing a key role as he outpaced former Robins trialist Callum Hoctor before finding the unmarked Sherriff, who made no mistake.
The expected deluge of goals didn’t happen as Kendal battled hard to keep the Robins at bay, and their spirited efforts were rewarded just after the hour as Clark’s cross fell to the unmarked Maison McGeechan, who beat Paul Phillips from close range.
Hogan shot wide after a clever back heel by Sherriff and Burns wasted a chance of a hat-trick with a shot over the bar.
Ashton were unable to add to their tally, safe in the knowledge that their efforts had moved them back into the top ten after ending their barren run on home soil.
Ashton: Phillips, Frost, Harrop, Baker, Moore, Lynch (Connors 63), Hogan, Burke, Burns (Riley 69), Barlow (Sherriff 34), Johnson. Subs not used Amadi, Lambert