Robins unable to silence Tigers.
Report by David Robinson
Worksop Town defeated Ashton by the odd goal in five for the second time this season thus denting the visitor’s play off aspirations at Sandy Lane. A throw in for the hosts saw Denton’s knockdown to Higginson bring the best out of Phillips before on 14 minutes the visitors took the lead as Matty Chadwick’s free kick from outside the area rebounded off Stewart to Aaron Chalmers whose effort was also saved leaving Dale Johnson with a simple chance to convert. Muldoon then hammered an effort over the bar from the right hand side before Denton went over in the area to no response from the referee.
However, just before the half hour the Tigers levelled unsurprisingly via the aerial route as a long throw in saw Phillips unable to punch away Denton’s header under pressure leaving the Premier Division’s top scorer Leon Mettam to equalise from close range. Johnson almost regained the lead for Ashton with a great effort on the turn from Chalmers’ free kick which went just wide of the near post.
Johnson was immediately back in the action after the break as Gorton flicked on a throw in and he smacked his effort against the post before teeing up Gorton to put the rebound over the top but within 5 minutes the home side had moved ahead as Mettam floated a left wing cross over for the giant Denton to convert a free header at the back post. Full back Roe then exchanged passes with Stott but should have done better from the return ball before the game entered the final quarter hour and Stewart in the home goal dropped a long free kick leaving Gorton to sweep home the equaliser.
With Ashton now possibly looking the likelier winners Chadwick cut inside after a quick break but saw his effort deflected wide before substitute Rick played a 1-2 with Johnson before side footing over. With the clock counting down Ashton were hit by a sucker punch as Mettam provided another cross from the left which was headed home from the edge of the area by one of the smallest men on the pitch, home substitute Jackson, to snatch all 3 points for Worksop.
Team; Phillips, Lynch, Pearson, Gorton, Higgins, Young, Chadwick, Gee (Rick), Coppin (Pilkington), Johnson, Chalmers (Haslam). SNU Halford, O'Neill