Crewe opened the scoring but Ashton fought back determindly.
By Allen Bower
Ashton had the first half wind advantage and leading 17-5 at HT the game looked evenly poised.
I think Ashton must have won the toss they chose to play with a gusty and unpredictable wind first half , but with Isaac taking an early double knock and receiving attention Crewe went over wide out having stretched play out well on the first team pitch unconverted. Reserve linesman Pietsch was pressed into duty as Isaac departed for the changing rooms with linesman and coach assistance. Iced up he seemed to recover ok . Just before I returned to action Ethan Green had scored converted by Louis Worthy for 7-5. Lineouts were a bit of a lottery in the crosswind and credit to both hookers for getting more than 50% on target. Charlie extended the lead with a try out wide , Louis s kicking was good but the wind played havoc with the flight of the ball, but all his kicks were there or there about, one hitting the upright , Jake Callaghans try extended the lead to 17-5 at half time. Ashton upped the defensive effort second half pressuring the backs with good linespeed and some solid close quarter tackling to snuff out Crewes drives. The home team had an excellent driving maul making a good 25m and setting up some good possession, and one of Ashtons most determined of all Charlie McCallum playing at second row darted and dived accross the line for a crucial try to make it 22-5 . Vinnie Haywood had come on second half and propped well against Crewes strong loose head and Ashton were under a little less pressure at scrum time, things were stabilised further into the second half with the return of Kyle James at loose head. Aron took a yellow for the team as persistant offences meant he had a 7 min rest. Ashtons defence held up well when down to 14, and continued to take control of the game until Crewe a try out wide in the final 5 mins, but it was too late. Krystian Wieteska finished off a Man of the Match performance with a try involving several hand offs as he used his strength and trickery to storm down the right wing ending up with a try near the posts making a regulation conversion for Louis Worthy at the final whistle. Wind , what wind! these lads just play Rugby regardless, and refreshing it is to watch too, they beat a good Crewe side today, well played to both teams. Thanks as always to all Coaches, Supporters and Club staff who made it happen. Both Tarleton and Kendal both won so Ashton remain top by 4 pts, with Glossop away next week and 5 games remaining.