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First Team - Match centre

Ashton United
Full time
S Allison (66')
Tue 26 Sep 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 133

Reds open their tally on the road.

An uplifting performance saw Reds return to winning ways with a third successive victory on Hurst Cross soil.

It was the first away win of the season, the first clean sheet on the road, the perfect response to the dismal performance against Matlock, with an excellent debut from young Jack Egan thrown in for good measure. Overall, a very satisfactory ninety minutes work.

From 1 to 11, the players made valuable contributions but, the fact that Ashton failed to score in a home game for the first time, suggests Reds’ back five were on top of their game. They were but so too was the midfield quintet and lone front-runner, Scott Allison, who certainly isn’t low mileage.

Teenager Egan, a Manchester lad, had joined on a loan deal from Carlisle United where he is making good progress under Darren Edmondson and Gavin Skelton. How apt that he should make his senior league debut, just a few miles from home in front of his proud parents.

Adrenaline fuelled perhaps, Eagan (inset) slotted in perfectly and a tenacious display was rewarded with a generous ovation when he left the field.

In-form Ashton mounted the first attack of note with Dominic Smalley’s effort just drifting wide of the target after a clever one, two with Matthew Chadwick had created the opening.

Back came blue-shirted Reds with Sam Joel’s shot beating Ashley Frith and about to hit the net until Aaron Chalmers’ spectacular goal line clearance prevented a certain goal.

Joel and Egan then combined to set-up a chance for Jordan Holt but he got his feet in a tangle and the opportunity was lost. Dav Symington and Joel both had shots from distance but neither troubled United ‘keeper, Frith.

Ashton also saw one of their efforts cleared off the line then a Nicky Platt shot from outside the box was routinely gathered by Aaran Taylor.

Allison saw a good effort flicked over the bar by the agile Frith after Holt had provided the assist then Josh Calvert headed wide from the subsequent corner.

The visitors continued to press for the opener with Joel’s lob landing on the roof of the net and an Allison header easily caught by Frith.

When the goal finally came in the sixty-sixth minute, it was via the good old ‘route one’ method. Taylor drove the ball downfield, Ashton’s two central defenders lost their bearings and Allison took full advantage to slot home his sixth goal of the campaign from the edge of the box.

The Robins did apply the expected pressure late in the game but even with five minutes of extras, they couldn’t force an equaliser.

Taylor’s dash off his line caused one anxious moment but the outstanding Wordsworth got back to avert the danger and the goalkeeper made amends when he kept out a well struck shot from Ashton top scorer, Chadwick.

The return match at Borough Park is scheduled for the final day of the season and it will be interesting to see if the fixture has any significance riding on it, come the end of April.

Ashton United Frith, Olapade, Smalley, Granite, Chalmers, Platt (Smith, 81), Lees, Roberts (Durnin, 68), Johnson, Pilkington, Chadwick. Substitutes – Woodford, Banim, Povey (not used).

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Symington, Wordsworth, Calvert, Earl, Joel, Holt, Allison, Egan (Mellen, 87), Tinnion. Substitutes – Douglas, Rowntree, Carter, Holliday (not used).

Referee Ian Johnston, Wakefield

Bookings: Granite (Ashton United), Earl, Eagan (Workington)

Attendance 133

Scott Allison

Player of the Match

Scott Allison

Key moments

Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Scott Allison is awarded player of the match for Workington
87:00 Sub Off
Jack Egan is substituted off for Workington
87:00 Sub On
Jamie Mellen is substituted on for Workington
86:00 Yellow Card
Jack Egan is yellow carded for Workington
82:00 Sub On
Richard Smith is substituted on for Ashton United
82:00 Sub Off
Nicky Platt is substituted off for Ashton United
80:00 Yellow Card
James Earl is yellow carded for Workington
68:00 Sub On
Oscar Durnin is substituted on for Ashton United
68:00 Sub Off
John Roberts is substituted off for Ashton United
66:00 Goal 0 - 1
Scott Allison scores for Workington
66:00 Assist
Aaran Taylor makes an assist for Workington
54:00 Yellow Card
Josh Granite is yellow carded for Ashton United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ashton United
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Josh Granite Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Scott Allison Goal 66:00'
  • Aaran Taylor Assist 66:00'
  • Oscar Durnin Sub On 68:00'
  • John Roberts Sub Off 68:00'
  • James Earl Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Richard Smith Sub On 82:00'
  • Nicky Platt Sub Off 82:00'
  • Jack Egan Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Jamie Mellen Sub On 87:00'
  • Jack Egan Sub Off 87:00'

Team selection

Ashton United
  • 1. Ashley Frith
  • 2. Lanre Olapade
  • 3. Dominic Smalley
  • 4. Josh Granite
  • 5. Aaron Chalmers
  • 6. Nicky Platt
  • 7. Mark Lees
  • 8. John Roberts
  • 9. Alex Johnson
  • 10. Danny Pilkington
  • 11. Matthew Chadwick
  • 12. Oscar Durnin
  • 14. Richard Smith
  • 15. Simon Woodford
  • 16. Jody Banim
  • 17. Max Povey

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

Mickleover Sports
Whitby Town
Hednesford Town
Rushall Olympic
Stafford Rangers
Nantwich Town
Stalybridge Celtic
Halesowen Town
Warrington Town


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Barwell 36 53
9. Hednesford Town 37 53
10. Workington 35 52
11. Stafford Rangers 37 49
12. Mickleover Sports 36 45
13. Lancaster City 36 45
14. Nantwich Town 35 45

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