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Ashton 'Mathematically Safe'

By David Hills-Taylor

Despite losing 2-1 at Whitby Town this afternoon, other results mean that the Robins have secured their Premier Division status with 3 games to go.

Although many of the teams in and around the drop zone actually picked points up this weekend, the crucial result as far as the Robins were concerned was Hucknall Town's 2-2 draw with Matlock Town.

This result means that Hucknall can only now collect a maximum of 49 points compared to Ashton's current tally of 50, assuming they win their remaining two matches. United's Monday night win against Worksop Town had already put Burscough out of the picture and with Ossett Town and Retford United already down the Robins are now mathematically safe.

It is set to be an exciting finale as the race hots up to avoid the drop into the first division north/south, but Ashton will be pleased that this is no longer a worry for them. However the team will not be resting on their laurels - if results go their way they could finish as high as 12th, and with prize money at stake the players and management will be doing their utmost to finish as high up the table as possible.

There is also the Evo-Stik League Challenge Cup Final to look forward to, and a second chance to gain the first piece of silverware for the senior club since 2003's Manchester Premier Cup success over Droylsden.

Where next?

Murphy on the Mend Midfielder Ged Murphy is recovering well after suffering a nasty head injury in the Monday night clash with Matlock Town.

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