The Reserves Roundup:
Following a disappointing performance midweek from Ashton Town Reserves, Dave Brownrigg’s men were eager to bounce back but ahead of them was a tough test in the form of a very young and energetic Sandbach United Reserves side. The game began a very cagey affair with both teams trying to feel each other out. Despite Sandbach’s early possession, the first real chance came Ashton’s way when they were awarded a penalty after a handball in the box. Ben Hamlett stepped up to take but the score remained 0-0 after he rattled the bar from the spot. Shortly after, Sandbach got a penalty themselves after a push in the box. Number 7 converted to make it 1-0 to Sandbach United. However Ashton Town Reserves responded quickly through a 25 yard Ben Hamlett strike which nestled in the bottom corner. Just before halftime, Ashton enjoyed some great build up play down the right hand side which saw Stephen Wilson square the ball to his brother, Nathan, to convert. Ashton Town came into half time with a 2-1 advantage.
The second half began similar to the first with both teams cancelling each other out and very few chances. Kieran Halliday made a few world class saves in the Ashton goal to deny a Sandbach equalizer. Up the other end, Ashton Town proved to be wasteful in front of goal squandering a few golden chances to extend their lead. However, a crazy 20 minute spell saw Ashton Town Reserves get 4 quick unanswered goals. First, Ben Hamlett scored his second and Ashton’s third after a neat bottom corner finish in the box. Ben quickly wrapped up another hattrick when he tapped in a Paddy Carney cross. Goal number 5 and 6 for Ashton were near identical as Liam Wilkinson and Paddy Carney made an overlapping run down the left before converting into the far corner. After that, the Ashton Town Reserve’s defence did well to see the game out with the final score being 6-1.