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Coalville Town
Ashton United
N Watson (13')
Full time
A Johnson (57'), M Fawns (78')
Sat 4 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 165

Ashton Second Half Dominance Sees Off Coalville

A relentless Robins second half performance was enough to overcome a one goal deficit and defeat Coalville.

After an evenly contested first half, which the Ravens edged score line-wise, Ashton United showed their quality in a one-sided second period as the Robins continue their push for promotion.

Tommy Brookbanks opted to not make any changes to the side that edged a five goal thriller at Halesowen on Tuesday, with Danny Jenno and Matthew Coton remaining amongst the substitutes.

The home side began the game as the brighter and created the first opportunity of the contest in the second minute. Blair Anderson skinned his man on the left, before drilling a cross into Nathan Watson in the centre, who directed the ball into the hands of David Carnell.

The visitors then responded with a chance of their own in the ninth minute, showing they still hold a considerable attacking threat despite the absence of top scorer Matthew Chadwick. Jack Dyche headed inches wide of the post following a cross from Liam Tomsett.

Some good play from the host three minutes later opened up the Ashton defence, with Anderson receiving the ball on the left before unleashing a tame effort that failed to trouble the Robins’ stopper.

A further two minutes passed before Coalville broke the deadlock. Anderson’s lofted pass found Daniel Creaney, who flicked the ball down to Watson for him to finish smartly at the near post.

The Ravens appeared to be at their frightening best for a brief spell as the team broke forward with real pace and purpose, recapturing the form that saw them undergo that lengthy unbeaten run.

After a rather flat spell in the match, just before half time Watson had a golden chance to double his and his side’s advantage, lashing a shot wide after the ball fell to him just inside the area following a corner.

In a lively start to the second period, Coalville stopper Jamie Hannis went from zero to hero and then back to zero in the space of six minutes. In the 52nd minute Hannis conceded a penalty after bringing down Jack Dyche in the box, but the Ravens stopper redeemed himself, saving Aaron Charmers weak spot-kick.

However, five minutes later Ashton levelled the score in bizarre circumstances. An attempted Hannis clearance cannoned off Lee Torr, falling to Alex Johnson, who made no mistake in tapping into an unguarded net.

Watson almost found a swift reply for Coalville, as four minutes later he acrobatically blasted over from inside the box after controlling Kyle Bryant’s skimming cross.

The Ravens were then extremely fortunate not to find themselves a goal down after 63 minutes. An almighty scramble in the Coalville box saw numerous shots blocked, one effort deflected onto the post and another shot tipped onto the bar by Hannis.

Watson then almost punished the visitor’s inefficiency in front of goal, directing the ball straight at Carnell with a stooping header.

The away side then took a hold of proceedings, producing a wealth of chances that could have seen them secure a much more comprehensive victory.

Chances went begging for Mark Lees and Aaron Chambers, who both headed wide from set-pieces within the space of seven minutes.

The Robins then snatched what was a deserved late winner on 80 minutes as Mason Fawns powered the ball high into the net after Hannis parried Will Beesley’s driven cross out to the edge of the area.

Steve Towers came closest to netting a an equaliser for the hosts in the closing stages, dragging a left footed shot wide from 20 yards out.

The visitors could have added a third as the game entered stoppage time, with Alex Johnson’s attempted shot from 12 yards cracking off the post before the follow up Nic Evangelinos shot was disallowed for offside.

The Ravens will be looking for a much better result on Saturday when they visit Alvechurch in the FA Trophy.

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Key moments

Goal Nathan Watson scores for Coalville Town
Goal Alex Johnson scores for Ashton United
Goal Mason Fawns scores for Ashton United


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90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Dean Freeman is yellow carded for Coalville Town
78:00 Goal 1 - 2
Mason Fawns scores for Ashton United
78:00 Yellow Card
Cleveland Taylor is yellow carded for Coalville Town
67:00 Yellow Card
Jack Dyche is yellow carded for Ashton United
65:00 Yellow Card
John Roberts is yellow carded for Ashton United
64:00 Sub Off
Blair Anderson is substituted off for Coalville Town
64:00 Sub On
James Carvell is substituted on for Coalville Town
58:00 Sub On
Danny Jenno is substituted on for Coalville Town
58:00 Sub Off
Kyle Bryant is substituted off for Coalville Town
58:00 Sub On
Jermain Hollis is substituted on for Coalville Town
58:00 Sub Off
Tom McGlinchey is substituted off for Coalville Town
57:00 Goal 1 - 1
Alex Johnson scores for Ashton United
46:00 Sub On
Alex Johnson is substituted on for Ashton United
46:00 Sub On
Simon Woodford is substituted on for Ashton United
46:00 Sub Off
Tom Eckersley is substituted off for Ashton United
46:00 Sub Off
Aaron Charmers is substituted off for Ashton United
End of period 1
38:00 Yellow Card
Blair Anderson is yellow carded for Coalville Town
32:00 Sub Off
Liam Tomsett is substituted off for Ashton United
32:00 Sub On
Nic Evangelinos is substituted on for Ashton United
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Nathan Watson scores for Coalville Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Coalville Town
  • Ashton United
  • 0
  • Nathan Watson Goal 13:00'
  • Liam Tomsett Sub Off 32:00'
  • Nic Evangelinos Sub On 32:00'
  • Blair Anderson Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Aaron Charmers Sub Off 46:00'
  • Tom Eckersley Sub Off 46:00'
  • Simon Woodford Sub On 46:00'
  • Alex Johnson Sub On 46:00'
  • Alex Johnson Goal 57:00'
  • Tom McGlinchey Sub Off 58:00'
  • Jermain Hollis Sub On 58:00'
  • Kyle Bryant Sub Off 58:00'
  • Danny Jenno Sub On 58:00'
  • Blair Anderson Sub Off 64:00'
  • James Carvell Sub On 64:00'
  • John Roberts Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jack Dyche Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Cleveland Taylor Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Mason Fawns Goal 78:00'
  • Dean Freeman Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Coalville Town
Ashton United
  • 1. David Carnell
  • 2. Dominic Smalley
  • 3. Will Beesley
  • 4. Tom Eckersley
  • 5. Aaron Charmers
  • 6. Mark Lees
  • 7. John Roberts
  • 8. Liam Tomsett
  • 9. Jack Dyche
  • 10. Danny Pilkington
  • 11. Mason Fawns
  • 12. Alpha Kaba
  • 13. Alex Johnson
  • 14. Simon Woodford
  • 15. Nicky Platt
  • 16. Nic Evangelinos

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Rushall Olympic 46 54
19. Marine 46 53
20. Coalville Town 46 52
21. Whitby Town 46 50
22. Stalybridge Celtic 46 48
23. Halesowen Town 46 45
24. Sutton Coldfield Town 46 35

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