Robins Bow Out Of FA Cup
Report by Dave Robinson
Ashton continued their recent poor record in the FA Cup being comprehensively defeated at home by the Evostik Premier League leaders Marine who duly became the first side to prevent the Robins from scoring this season.
Ashton opted for a 4-3-3 formation from the start but this rarely troubled the visitors in a dour first half which saw few goal scoring opportunities. Marine had the first real chance as Lawton’s cross reached Rogan who steadied himself before firing over the top and then full back Dowling set up Fowler whose cross was too deep. For the home side an inside ball from Harrop was fired over from distance by Baker and then Mark Peers got to the byline but his cross was held by McMahon in the visitor’s goal.
The breakthrough arrived 7 minutes from the interval just as a blank scoreline was looking likely as full back Dowling who was adjudged man of the match for the visitors cut inside and collected a rebound before firing home a fine finish from 20 yards. Burke had time for a shot to be blocked and saw his corner headed over by Deegan before half time arrived.
After the break Mulholland was fouled just outside the area but Caldecott’s free kick was overhit and then a good run by Dowling drew a foul from Frost but Moore’s effort was blocked by the wall. Visiting winger Fowler then cut inside but his effort was deflected wide off fellow winger Burton but shortly afterwards the decisive moment arrived as normally reliable centre back Lynch underhit his attempted pass across the area to Harrop which allowed Fowler to collect and provide an easy left foot finish.
Moore cut into the area for Marine but fired his effort across goal as Ashton made 3 substitutions and changed formation in an attempt to rescue the game which saw Harrop’s free kick headed wide of goal by the perservering Deegan. A fine run by visiting forward Rogan from midfield then saw him beat 2 players before being denied at the last gasp by Smith. At the other end Ashton made their best attempt on the visitor’s goal as Deegan was fouled 20yds out and Baker’s free kick was touched against the post by McMahon – in fact it was United’s only attempt on target in the 90 mins.
Almost on full time substitute Rainford could have made the scoreline even more emphatic but fired his effort right across goal.
Team; T. Smith, Harrop, Caldecott, Beattie (Burns), Frost, Lynch, Mulholland (Barlow), Burke, Deegan, Baker, Peers (Kosylo).