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Ashton United
Kings Lynn Town
J Higgins (VC) (14'), D Johnson  (30', 79'), M Pilkington (45'), M Kosylo (50')
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Sat 1 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 177

Robins Rout Lacklustre Lynn

Report by David Robinson

Ashton reignited their play off hopes with a comfortable victory over their opponents from Norfolk. The Linnets were first to threaten as winger Jones picked up a loose pass and progressed to the by-line before he was blocked out by Phillips and shortly afterwards both he and Hall beat the offside trap before the former’s touch was too strong. Martin Pilkington was then fouled on the edge of the visitor’s penalty area on the quarter hour and Greg Pearson’s free kick saw a goalmouth scramble result in Jack Higgins forcing the ball over the line from a prone position for his first goal in the red and white colours.

Martin Pilkington was then sent running clear by a through ball before Fryatt crowded him out, whilst at the other end Hall’s clever cross was headed back across goal and just past the far post by Duffy. Centre forward Dale Johnson doubled the advantage on the half hour after Garry Gee had won the ball in midfield with a calm finish after out muscling full back Clarke. As the interval approached Kings Lynn pulled a goal back through Bell with a fine finish after sidestepping a couple of challenges but the Robins were able to restore their two goal advantage via leading scorer Martin Pilkington as he got between two defenders before finishing confidently.

Ashton were back in the goals at the start of the second period as Chris Lynch won the ball and Johnson’s flick on allowed Matty Kosylo to round the keeper and tap the ball into an empty goal before Chalmers’ fine through ball found Pilkington slicing his effort wide. Town could have reduced the deficit again on 65 minutes as they won a dubious penalty when Quigley went over under challenge but Bell’s shot was easily saved by Phillips in the home goal. Johnson competed a fine performance on 80 minutes as he picked up Pilkington’s knockdown and ran past 3 defenders before putting the ball past Timms. The visitors’ misery was compounded by a late red card for centre back Fryatt for a reckless challenge on substitute Chadwick before the same player turned inside from Rick’s pass but fired over.

13-14 Ashton/Kings Lynn
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Captain Chris Lynch then had to be helped from the pitch with an ankle injury and all three substitutions used before Johnson missed a great chance to register his hat trick when scoring looked easier.

Team: Phillips, Lynch, Pearson, Gorton, Higgins, Young, Kosylo (Chadwick), Gee, Johnson, Pilkington (Haslam), Chalmers (Rick). SNU: Halford, Baguley.

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Key moments

Goal Jack Higgins (VC) scores for Ashton United
Goal Dale Johnson scores for Ashton United
Goal Martin Pilkington scores for Ashton United
Goal Matty Kosylo scores for Ashton United
Goal Dale Johnson scores for Ashton United

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13-14 Ashton/Kings Lynn
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13-14 Ashton/Kings Lynn
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As it happened

  • Ashton United
  • Kings Lynn Town
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  • Jack Higgins (VC) Goal 14:00'
  • Dale Johnson Goal 30:00'
  • Martin Pilkington Goal 45:00'
  • Matty Kosylo Goal 50:00'
  • Aaron Chalmers Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Matthew Chadwick Sub On 60:00'
  • Matty Kosylo Sub Off 60:00'
  • Paul Phillips Saved Penalty 62:00'
  • Aaron Chalmers Sub Off 70:00'
  • Lee Rick Sub On 70:00'
  • Chris Lynch Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Dale Johnson Goal 79:00'
  • Mark Haslam Sub On 82:00'
  • Martin Pilkington Sub Off 82:00'

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League table

# 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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