Match report by Dave McMillan
Marine set a new club record of 13 away wins in the NPL, as they won by two goals to one at Ashton United on Saturday.
The Crosby side were full value for the win, but had to come from behind to do so with Darren Byers’ first goal for the club levelling matters before Joe Fowler thumped in the winner ten minutes before time.
15 goals conceded on the road in 19 games tells its own tale and this was another solid defensive showing from the Mariners, centre half pairing Matty Brown and John Shaw being assisted by auxiliary full back Robbie Lawton, the former Altrincham stalwart prowling around the penalty area like an angry bear.
A quiet start to proceedings soon came to an end after 16 minutes when the Robins took the lead, David Sherlock sending in a deep cross from the right which caught Callum Williams off his line and dipped under the crossbar.
Byers had the first real opening for the visitors, latching on to Louis Barnes’ header to lift a shot over the top from the edge of the box.
Joe Fowler tried his luck from 30 yards with an effort which flew just off target as home keeper Chris Cheetham flung himself full length in an attempt to save.
Matty Kosylo had the first of several shots for Ashton, sending a dipping shot wide of a post before another angled drive brought a save from Williams, the blue shirted custodian punching the ball over the bar.
A good move from Marine saw Barnes ghost in to the area, pulling back for Jonathan Goulding to see his shot charged down, before Williams had to produce a smart stop at the foot of his near post to block Mark Peers’ free kick.
Marine were quickly in the ascendency after the break and equalised after 53 minutes, Nick Rogan putting Byers through on goal with the striker clipping a neat finish past the advancing Cheetham, much to his obvious delight.
The Yellows had strong penalty appeals for handball waved away, but were soon awarded one for the same offence, only for the decision eventually to be ruled as offside although the ball appeared to be delivered from a throw.
It mattered little though as the winning goal arrived soon afterwards, a lovely move along the right flank seeing Rogan free Thomas Moore, the substitute laying an inviting centre in to the middle which Fowler couldn’t really miss from close range.
Ian Bennett went close with a long range shot for United but there was to be no stopping the Mariners recording a fantastic 9th win from an 11 game unbeaten away streak.
Ashton United: Chris Cheetham, Josh Rose, David Roberts, Ged Murphy (Ben Smith 88), Alex Frost, Craig Robinson (Cap), David Sherlock, Warren Beattie (Ian Bennett 33), Aaron Burns, Matty Kosylo (Chris Amadi 67), Mark Peers.
Unused subs: Chris Middleton, Danny Caldecott. Cautions: None.
Marine: Callum Williams, Robbie Lawton (Cap), Ian Latham, John Shaw, Matty Brown, Jonathan Goulding, Paul Lundon, Joe Fowler, Nick Rogan (Rafael Leal Pezan 81), Darren Byers (Thomas Moore 68), Louis Barnes.
Unused subs: Liam Dawson, Liam Duff, Phil Brazier. Cautions: Lawton, Goulding, Moore.
Referee: Mr. Luke Watson; Assistants Mr. Paul Tomes, Mr. John Oldfield.