Robins Fail To Sparkle
Report Steve Lee
Ashton United were dumped out of the FA Trophy at the first time of asking as Ossett Town rose to the challenge of facing a team in a higher division.
The Robins started quite brightly and an early cross from Mark Peers was deflected into the path of Matty Barlow, but his header went wide.
Town created an early chance of their own as Niall O'Brien pounced on a loose ball, only to fire over the top.
Ossett were more productive with their next attack on the Ashton goal as a well worked moved ended with Sam Smith playing in the dangerous Shane Kelsey, who produced an excellent shot that gave Terry Smith no chance.
Peers had a great chance to level shortly after but mis-hit his shot after being set up by Barlow.
Ashton almost fell further in arrears when Smith raced out of his goal to narrow the angle, but his namesake saw his shot deflected wide for a corner and it was Smith again that rose unmarked to send in a header that was cleared off the line.
The Robins did produce a rousing end to the half, firstly Barlow shot over after a four man move and then the Robins striker had a header deflected over after good work by Peers.
Barlow then turned provider with a clever back heel to strike partner Aaron Burns, who was off target with his shot.
Ashton skipper Chris Lynch fired wide after a corner wasn't cleared in the early part of the second half and then Burns effort was comfortably saved by Matthew Convey.
The nearest the Robins came was following a surging run by Lynch, but his shot was tipped away by Convey.
The expected Robins onslaught never matrialised and it was Ossett that looked more likely to add to their tally as Smith produced a couple of outstanding saves to repel long range efforts by substitutes Andrew Catton and Chris Howarth.
Even the introduction of Ben Deegan to form a three pronged attack, didn't produce the desired effects as Ashton made it two cup exits in a week.
Ashtonutd.com Man of the Match: Chris Lynch