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First Team - Match centre

Stamford
Ashton United
Full time
C Baguley (56' Pen), D Johnson (66')
Sat 4 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 394

Ashton Deal Blow To Daniels

Stamford’s struggle at the wrong end of the table looks no easier after play-off chasing Ashton United won 2-0 at the Zeeco Stadium.

Last season’s play-off runners-up almost opened the scoring in the opening seconds, with Martin Pilkington attempting an audacious shot from the centre circle which a back-peddling Andy Stevens did well to tip over for a corner.

After that early scare, Stamford carved out the better opportunities with Jon Challinor driving narrowly past the right upright and Jordan Smith forcing a smart, reflex save at close range from Paul Phillips - both in the opening 10 minutes.

Requiring points to move above fellow strugglers Frickley, Stamford had to show the initiative to attack but Ashton were quick to push forward and Stamford did not always looking entirely certain at the back.

Ashton Home - 4th April - Photo's courtesy of Geoff Atton
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Smith had a fierce effort blocked after namesake Greg Smith had chested ball down on the edge of the box, and Dan Lawlor drove a 25 yard free kick hard and firm but while his shot carried the power it was right down the throat of the visitors’ keeper.

Late in the half, Greg Smith, who had reacted too slowly to a ball from Challinor between Ashton’s centre backs moments earlier, slid ball into net. But referee Ben Cooke had already blown for an infringement and declared it the end of the half.

Not by any means a rough game, the card tally ticked over steadily with a trio of Ashton players booked for overly firm tackles and Benjamin Deegan almost sent off in a case of mistaken identity - thankfully for Ashton realised he hadn’t pervasively booked the number 11 and rescinded the red card which he had initially waved towards the bemused player.

Late in the opening 45, Cooke was content to speak to Tom Batchelor and Sam Wilson when the pair went down in the Stamford area - he wasn’t as lenient in the 56th minute when Gary Gee went to the floor under an innocuous-looking challenge from Stamford’s centre back. Chris Baguley calmed despatched the ball past Stevens.

The goal shook Stamford’s already fragile confidence and Pilkington should have made it two for the visitors soon after, beating Batchelor to ball over to the top and after Stevens had hesitated to come out his box Ashton’s number 10 rounding the keeper only to guide the ball the wrong side of the post.

The visitors did not have to wait long to extend their lead however and after neat exchange of passes Dale Johnson buried number two and a difficult task for the Daniels become a mountain to climb.

Stamford pushed forward, leaving themselves more exposed at the back but their best chances of the half all came from set pieces. Nathan Fox whipped in a string of dangerous balls from corners and free kicks but Ashton’s defence remained tight throughout.

Substitute Dan Clements fired a late shot direct at Phillips for Stamford but it was the Manchester side that looked most threatening.

Stamford: Andy Stevens, Ryan Clarke (Kurtis Revan), Nathan Fox, Tom Mcgowan, Richard Jones (c), Tom Batchelor, Dan Lawlor (Michael Built), Jon Challinor, Greg Smith (Dan Clements), Jordan Smith, Courtney Meade. Subs not used: Gareth Jelleyman, Lewis Carr

Ashton United: Paul Phillips, Steven Mason, Sam Wilson, Jason Garton (c), Jack Higgins, Gary Gee, Keith Briggs (Kayde Coppin), Chris Baguley, Dale Johnson, Martin Pilkington (Lee Rick), Benjamin Deegan (Ashley Young). Subs: Martin Hill, Greg Pearson.

Attendance: 394

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Key moments

56:00
Scored Penalty Chris Baguley scores a penalty for Ashton United
66:00
Goal Dale Johnson scores for Ashton United

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Highlights

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88:00 Yellow Card
Lee Rick is yellow carded for Ashton United
80:00 Sub On
Lee Rick is substituted on for Ashton United
80:00 Sub Off
Martin Pilkington is substituted off for Ashton United
66:00 Goal 0 - 2
Dale Johnson scores for Ashton United
56:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Chris Baguley scores a penalty for Ashton United
52:00 Sub On
Ashley Young is substituted on for Ashton United
52:00 Sub Off
Benjamin Deegan is substituted off for Ashton United
52:00 Sub On
Kayde Coppin is substituted on for Ashton United
52:00 Sub Off
Keith Briggs is substituted off for Ashton United
End of period 1
27:00 Yellow Card
Benjamin Deegan is yellow carded for Ashton United
24:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Mason is yellow carded for Ashton United
22:00 Yellow Card
Martin Pilkington is yellow carded for Ashton United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Ashton United
  • 0
  • Martin Pilkington Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Stephen Mason Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Benjamin Deegan Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Greg Smith Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Greg Smith Sub Off 52:00'
  • Dan Clements Sub On 52:00'
  • Ashley Young Sub On 52:00'
  • Benjamin Deegan Sub Off 52:00'
  • Kayde Coppin Sub On 52:00'
  • Keith Briggs Sub Off 52:00'
  • Chris Baguley Scored Penalty 56:00'
  • Dale Johnson Goal 66:00'
  • Ryan Clarke Sub Off 72:00'
  • Kurtis Revan Sub On 72:00'
  • Dan Lawlor Sub Off 72:00'
  • Michael Built Sub On 72:00'
  • Lee Rick Sub On 80:00'
  • Martin Pilkington Sub Off 80:00'
  • Lee Rick Yellow Card 88:00'

Team selection

Ashton United
  • 1. Paul Phillips
  • 2. Stephen Mason
  • 3. Samuel Wilson
  • 4. Jason Gorton
  • 5. Jack Higgins
  • 6. Gary Gee
  • 7. Keith Briggs
  • 8. Chris Baguley
  • 9. Dale Johnson
  • 10. Martin Pilkington
  • 11. Benjamin Deegan
  • 12. Martin Hill
  • 14. Kayde Coppin
  • 15. Ashley Young
  • 16. Lee Rick
  • 17. Greg Pearson

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Kings Lynn Town 46 52
19. Frickley Athletic 46 50
20. Stamford 46 50
21. Marine 46 49
22. Witton Albion 46 49
23. Trafford 46 33
24. Belper Town 46 32

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