Ashton scored five converted tries to two tries and one conversion by the visitors. Ashton started brightly to match the weather and were soon in front after Glossop defensive frailties put skipper Adam Whitworth through with a great break that resulted in a try from Dave Higgins with the conversion from fly half Max Weatherhead. Ashton continued to press and scored a second try after a good driving maul from a lineout saw the impressive scrum half Joel Dore drive over the line from close range. The conversion was added by Max Weatherhead to give Ashton a 14-0 lead. Glossop made big efforts to get back in the game but Ashton’s defence was resolute with some fierce tackling epitomised by the efforts of flankers Tom O’Driscoll, Adam Whitworth and centre Stephen Appleby. Ashton stretched the lead to 21-0 with more pressure resulting in a clear run to the line for right winger Damian Wong in the corner with a tremendous touchline conversion from Max Weatherhead. There will still time in the first half for Max Weatherhead to add a fourth try following a kick through which he duly converted. Half-time score Ashton 28 Glossop 0.
To their credit Glossop did not fold in the second half and used their physical presence up front to barge over for an unconverted try early in the second half. The game was a more even for the second forty minutes as both teams struggled to gain the upper hand. Ashton got their fifth and final try from the irrepressible Max Weatherhead who again chased a kick through and snatched possession from a Glossop defender who had gone to ground with the ball. Max Weatherhead duly converted the try. Glossop were not undone by this and scored the final converted try of the day with another effort orchestrated by their forwards.
Overall a very good game to watch with some good rugby played by both sides and played in good spirit by both teams and well reffed by referee Chris Lee. Ashton man of the match Matt Stansfield. Next week Ashton are away at Aldwinians, 3pm kick off.
Updated 22:27 - 25 Mar 2017 by Pat Stokes