Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
Robins Back on Track. Report by David Robinson
Ashton made a successful visit to the North Yorkshire coast and deservedly returned with all 3 points after a dominating performance. With Dale Johnson returning to the attack Ashton looked much more their usual selves and demonstrated their fine passing skills on an excellent playing surface. Kayde Coppin was back on the left wing and his flick on almost put Martin Pilkington in on goal but his shot was blocked by Bullock. For the Seasiders Robinson’s through ball saw Farrell get the better of Jack Higgins but lift his effort off target.
Coppin was soon back in the action as he picked up a loose ball but put his 25 yard effort straight at Bland and shortly afterwards a clearance reached him and he fired in a terrific left foot strike which was pushed away at the near post by the home keeper. Ashton came closest to opening their account as Dale Johnson’s knockdown saw Lee Rick’s left foot shot deflected narrowly wide of goal. Whitby threatened themselves when a dangerous cross by Mason was cleared to safety by Jay Gorton and a left wing cross found Armstrong beating the offside trap but Greg Pearson was able to effect a block.
Only 4 minutes of the second half had elapsed when Ashton made the breakthrough as Coppin’s cross from the by line allowed Johnson to sidestep the keeper leaving Aaron Chalmers with an unmissable open goal. Whitby almost struck back when Hassan’s cross was caught first time by Portas but directed straight at Phillips before Ashton doubled their advantage on 70 minutes as Martin Pilkington sent Aaron Chalmers to the by line and then converted his cross at the near post.
Just as the visitors were looking comfortable the Seasiders hit back as McTiernan was allowed to advance into the area and beat Phillips with a left foot finish and then Chalmers chip into the area was headed over by Johnson. With the home side pressing hard for the equaliser Higgins made a vital interception to deny Armstrong and Mulligan’s claims for a penalty against Pearson went unheeded. After Mason had fired over for the home side substitute Matty Kosylo set up fellow sub Haslam who could have sealed the issue but sidefooted over the top.
Team: Phillips, Lynch, Pearson Gorton, Higgins, Chalmers (Haslam), Rick, Gee, Johnson, Pilkington (Kosylo), Coppin. SNU: Baguley, Chadwick, Halford.