Ashton crashed out of their 2nd cup competition in the space of 8 days as the visitors scored a decisive victory courtesy of a fine hat-trick by centre forward Zeph Thomas. For the visitors Parkiss’s cross was blocked by Pearson but then returned into the area for Thomas to curl his shot past the far post. Coppin and Pilkington then swapped passes for Ashton before the former’s cross flashed right across the area. The opening goal arrived on 17 minutes as a mistake by Chris Lynch saw Parkiss' back heel to Thomas in space and he fired home from 20 yards.
Joe O’Neill saw his effort deflected over by Burgin inside the penalty area before goal scorer Thomas tested Phillips with a left foot shot from 20 yards. Lee Rick’s corner was then headed wide by Natt Kerr when well placed and Cavell Coo reached the byline but his pull back was sliced off target by Chris Denham. As Ashton sought the equaliser a long cross by Pearson saw Denham lash his attempt into the side netting before Coppin made a fine crossfield run and picked out Rick who was denied by Annerson.
The Robins were forced into a reshuffle at half time as Carlos Logan took over at left back with Chris Lynch withdrawn. Martin Pilkington came closest to finding the equaliser with a great run past 3 defenders before his shot was eventually blocked.
Thomas’s second goal arrived after a fine run by Stirrup saw Parkiss’ effort blocked by Phillips leaving the no.9 with a tap in, and shortly afterwards the ball broke to him on the edge of the area and he fired in an unstoppable left foot effort to put the result beyond doubt. Sub Chris Amadi came closest to reducing the deficit as Ben Richardson’s cross was knocked back to him by Logan but Annerson produced a fine save from the resulting header. To complete Ashton’s misery Greg Pearson received a straight red card overreaching for a tackle against Hadfield and Natt Kerr a second yellow which saw Ashton finish the afternoon with only 9 men and much to ponder after 4 consecutive defeats.