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Robins back down to earth

Robins back down to earth

By Steve Hobson
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Report by David Robinson. Picture Jez Sayle


Another spirited performance saw Ashton come up just short against their visitors from the Midlands at Hurst Cross. With Connor Dimaio handed a start up front the hosts were looking to build on their impressive win at Chorley and came close in the opening minutes as Oliver Crowley’s long throw won a corner which saw Matt Regan’s header cleared by Joel Taylor.
Taylor was then brought down at the other end by Ryan Jennings with Johnson glancing the free kick well wide and on 20 minutes Jennings shot straight at Hall from Dimaio’s lay off following a corner. Four minutes later another Crowley throw dropped for Dimaio to volley perfectly against the left hand post with the keeper well beaten. Williams’ effort from a pull back was then immediately blocked close in for the visitors and McAlinden made a great turn past Crowley and forced his left foot effort to be pushed away by McMahon.
The Ashton keeper’s attempted clearance was then charged down by Chambers whose chip lacked the necessary elevation and another shot from McAlinden was well gathered by McMahon. With the interval approaching a fine move put Kallum Mantack into the area from where his cross saw Jennings bring a fine low save to his left out of Hall.

On the restart Sheridan whipped in a free kick which went right a cross goal beating everyone and Craig Hobson forced a tip away from Dimaio’s lay off.
Just past the hour the decisive moment arrived as Billy Daniels picked up a loose ball and rifled it home from 25 yards and as Ashton tried to strike back Sheridan won the ball in midfield but shot well wide. Hobson’s lay off then saw Jennings shot blocked from a promising position and Daniels’ pass found Chambers volleying over for Harriers.
Sub Liam Tomsett made a typical run along the by line before winning a corner and with 2 minutes left controversy rained as Tomsett appeared to be pushed over in the area from Reed’s flick with Mr Bannister unmoved and subsequently sending Ashton manager Jody Banim off for protesting.

Ashton Utd: McMahon, Crowley, Regan, Chalmers, Ashworth, Goulding, Jennings (Tomsett 77), Sheridan, Hobson (Reed 72), Dimaio, Mantack. SNU: Roberts, Kay, Swaby-Nevin.

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Match details

Match date

Tue 26, Feb 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

226

Competition

Vanarama National League North

League position

8
Kidderminster Harriers
20
Ashton United