Three More Points On The Road
Ashton grind out victory after late scare. Report by David Robinson
Ashton eventually ground out victory in the Midlands but not before making heavy weather of beating a team already doomed to relegation. The game had an end of season feel to it throughout – understandable from the home side’s point of view - but more surprising given that Ashton are trying to cement a play off place.
The visitors almost made a flying start with only 2 minutes on the clock as Kayde Coppin’s cross evaded everyone before reaching Matty Kosylo who teed up Ashley Young only to see his effort blocked. A long free kick saw McCarthy’s header held by Phillips before a repeat of Ashton’s first attack saw Garry Gee’s attempt blocked. Captain Bullock flicked a header wide of the far post from McCarthy’s throw in before Coppin appeared on the other wing and saw his cross headed narrowly over by Gorton.
Coppin was in the action again as Chris Lynch’s pass picked him out and he cut inside before dragging his shot horribly wide of the near post and Martin Pilkington then beat the offside trap but put his effort past the other post. Stafford could have moved ahead as Curtis and Cope combined before the latter lifted his effort too high.
After the resumption another long cross saw Gorton’s header fall to Higgins who put his left foot effort over the top and another frustrating build up led to Coppin and Pilkington setting up Young who was well off target.
The game sprung to life with just 17 minutes left as Rangers took a shock lead when substitute Saul Henderson picked up Chalmers’ through ball and beat the offside trap before sliding the ball past Phillips. Back at the other end Matty Chadwick’s corner was headed narrowly wide by the diving figure of Gorton before once again Chris Baguley made a telling contribution firing home the equaliser after Phillips’ long free kick had been headed down by Dale Johnson.
As the Robins finally sprung to life Chadwick made a great run past 3 defenders before his cross beat everyone but with 4 minutes remaining Baguley picked out Garry Gee whose cross was converted first time by Johnson – Ashton’s best move of the match and one which leaves high anticipation ahead of Saturday’s visit from Skelmersdale United.
Team: Phillips, Chalmers (Baguley), Lynch, Gorton, Higgins, Young, Kosylo (Chadwick), Gee, Johnson, Pilkington, Coppin (Rick). SNU: Haslam, Chippendale.