Although not at their best, Ashton goal keeper Terry Smith was rarely troubled from open play with Frickley mainly threatening Ashton from corners and set pieces. A clean sheet was nothing more than the Ashton defence deserved as they dominated Frickleys attacking force who were never given the time or space to cause any problems.
‘We deserved that today, especially after the second half showing at Chester in midweek where we were excellent’ claimed manager Danny Johnson. Frickley were in the middle of an excellent run of results and that was probably the best Frickley team I have seen although they never really worked Terry Smith other than a few corners and long range efforts. Terry dealt with what he had to deal with quite comfortably as did the back four who never gave their forwards any opportunities. One nil is never a comfortable score line but I never felt Frickley had a goal in them. We let them have possession in their own half and because we defended excellently they were forced to shoot from distance or put long balls into our box but in Craig Robinson, Alex Frost and George Melling we had more than enough to nullify anything they threw at us. I have just had a nosey at the excellent highlights David Hills Taylor produces and we certainly had enough opportunities to win by a more comfortable margin. In fact, I am very disappointed we didn’t make more of the one on one situation’s we found ourselves in.’
‘We have beaten Frickley twice now (1-0 away / 2-0 home) scoring three goals and not conceding a goal so it is very satisfying that we haven’t conceded a goal against them in 180 minutes of football. We need to be more consistent and start to keep clean sheets on a regular basis and move ourselves up the table. That won’t be easy as there are no easy games in this league but it is what we need to do and we will be working hard over the coming weeks to ensure we are not looking over our shoulders. We have proved over recent weeks that we are competitive, even against the best sides in this league. Chester were nervous throughout the second half last week and Bradford scored in the 88th minute to take all three points last Saturday so we know we can compete.’
‘I firmly believe that we are due a bit of fortune with injuries and suspensions; if we get that little bit of luck then we can look forward to a solid second half of the season. It has been great to welcome Craig Robinson back over the last couple of games and Danny Caldecott doesn’t seem to be having a reaction to the persistent groin problem he has been plagued with over the last 12 months. Matty O’Neil will hopefully feature at some stage on Wednesday night and new signing Warren Beattie isn’t too far away either. Matty and Warren will bring something extra and Kyle Harrop has completed his four game ban so that is very good news for us. On the down side Ged Murphy is struggling with his ankle injury and will need a game or two out of the action as will Aaron Burns who is also struggling with an ankle injury but all in all I feel we will be in good shape as we approach the second half of the season.’