Down but not out
Robins falter in playoff after extra time for the third time in 3yrs. Report by David Robinson. Pic Jez Sayle
Ashton came up short in the play offs for the third successive season as they were beaten in extra time after a close encounter at Moor Lane. Having gone behind in the first period Ashton fought back well and deservedly equalised after the break, and with the game in the balance extra time followed only for the Ammies’ star striker Gareth Seddon to fire the hosts ahead again with a superb strike.
The game got off to a cagey start after Johnston’s whipped cross saw Hulme’s flicked header go wide and midway through the half Will Haining caught hold of a loose ball on the edge of the area with his swinging effort being held by Jay Lynch. Just a minute later and the ball was sprayed wide to Jordan Hulme who cut into the area and saw his shot blocked before the ball rebounded to him allowing him to loop a header over Cavell Coo on the goal line.
Ashton could have struck back as Paul Marshall’s cross saw Jay Gorton’s header headed away from the goal line before Marshall’s return ball saw James Dean firing wide of the near post.
After the interval a ball returned into Ashton’s area found Jay Gorton needing to be at full stretch with Hulme unable to take advantage after which a scramble in the area saw Danny Webber’s effort just cleared off the line by Gary Gee to keep Ashton in the contest. Midway through the half Martin Pilkington’s knockdown was guided against the crossbar by a clever effort from Dean and with 20 minutes left the Robins got the equaliser they deserved as Haining chose a great time to register his first goal for the club heading home from Matty Chadwick’s corner.
Hulme then made a great turn into the area needing Phillips to make a superb block as both sides sought the winner but with the game moving into extra time Gareth Seddon came off the bench and with his first touch provided an emphatic finish into the top corner and with just over 5 minutes left a forward pass released Hulme down the right and he tricked his way past Phillips on the by line and saw his deep cross headed into the empty net by James Poole.
Team: Phillips, Coo, Brownhill, Gorton, Connor, Haining, Marshall (Chadwick), Gee (Lindfield), Pilkington, Dean (Morning), Lees. SNU: Frost, Mason.