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J Gorton (72'), M Kosylo (90')
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Wed 12 Mar 20:10 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 104

Robins Steel The Points

Match report by Ken Philburn

The Robins left it very late in the day to secure the three points against a Stocksbridge side who's league position does not do them justice.
With the visitors being stuck in traffic on the Woodhead pass the Kick Off was delayed for 30 mins, however their late arrival and lack of a full warm up did not deter them as they had the best of the first half exchanges. With the game only minutes old the visitors were unlucky not to take the lead when South headed against the post with Phillips well beaten.
Ashtons first attempt at goal came from Jay Gorton whos effort was just over the top. On 15 mins South had a great chance to put his side 1-0 up but completely fluffed a free header when only a few yards out. At the other end Baguley turned his marker and hit a left foot shot narrowly wide, and on the half hour mark Baguley whipped in a cross which somehow evaded both Pilkington and Chadwick and the chance was gone.
Just before the interval Chadwick went off injured and was replaced by Kayde Coppin,
Ashton came flying out of the blocks for the second half and within two minutes had been awarded a penalty after Pilkington had been brought down after a good run into the box, Gary Gee made no mistake from the spot to put the Robins 1-0 up. Two minutes later Baguley, who was having a fine game, managed to get a shot away which beat the keeper but thudded against the post.
In the 50th minute the visitors were on level terms, a slip by Gorton whilst trying to clear allowed Hamilton to get a cross in which South headed past Phillips with ease. In the 60th Minute Gee was replaced by Matty Kosylo. On 70 minutes the visitors took the lead when the Robins failed to clear their lines, with the ball eventually being hit through a crowded goalmouth by Royles with Phillips unsighted.
With Ashton pushing for an equaliser Scott did well to push a Baguley shot away for a corner, however from the corner the visitors could only clear the ball to Kosylo who delivered an inch perfect cross, which was powerfully headed home by Jay Gorton.
With a draw not being any use to either club both sides went all out on the attack for the three points, Phillips had to make a good save from South who was having a very good game, and with 15 mins left on the clock Baguley made way for Lee Rick who didn’t take long to get into the thick of the action. A good run from midfield allowed him to play in Pilkington who's shot was just over the bar. With the minutes ticking away Jay Gorton was pushed forward from defence to add some height to the attack; ironically in the third minute of added time it was the smallest player on the pitch who got the winner for Ashton, a fine run down the left flank by Coppin, and a cross to the far post, saw Kosylo rise and make no mistake with a fine header to seal the win for the Robins.
And so Stocksbridge went home empty handed but can count themselves unfortunate not to have got at least a point out of the game.

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Key moments

Goal Jason Gorton scores for Ashton United
Goal Matty Kosylo scores for Ashton United
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As it happened

  • Ashton United
  • Stocksbridge Park Steels
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  • Kayde Coppin Sub On 38:00'
  • Matthew Chadwick Sub Off 38:00'
  • Matty Kosylo Sub On 60:00'
  • Jason Gorton Goal 72:00'
  • Matty Kosylo Assist 72:00'
  • Chris Baguley Sub Off 75:00'
  • Lee Rick Sub On 75:00'
  • Kayde Coppin Assist 90:00'
  • Matty Kosylo Goal 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chorley 46 97
2. FC United of Manchester 46 96
3. AFC Fylde 46 93
4. Worksop Town 46 88
5. Ashton United 46 80
6. Skelmersdale United 46 77
7. Rushall Olympic 46 75

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