Ashton hopes cut down at Giant Axe

High-flying Lancaster ran out easy winners on Non-League day and moved up to third in the league table. Just 2 minutes into the action Tames’ pass set Liam Tomsett on to a great overlapping run and Anghel’s header was just tipped over by Ashton.

Aaron Smith’s shot was then blocked with the ball rebounding to Jordan Slew who was just denied in time with Nicky Clee’s subsequent cross headed away under pressure by Williams. A long ball then led to the opening goal as Sam Bailey’s cross found Norris completely unmarked to head the ball home. Dawson then found space outside the box but hammered his shot off target before some good play saw him watch Blinkhorn fire a low effort wide. A free kick was then flicked on to Fensome who was denied by Allinson coming quickly off his line. Two minutes later and Hunt miss controlled a pass in the area resulting in him bringing down Charlie Bailey with Rob Wilson sliding home the spot kick.

Dawson was then flagged onside needing a point blank save from Allinson and tricky winger Charlie Bailey drew bookings from both Hunt and Lufudo as the interval arrived. Hunt’s header just evaded Tames at the start of the second period and Lufudo’s overlapping run saw Slew & Anghel get in each other’s way and Fensome picked up a yellow card against Tomsett with Sheridan forcing a good low tip away out of Ashton. Just before the hour the 3rd goal arrived as a free kick saw Blinkhorn’s header neatly converted from a tight angle by Norris.

Blinkhorn then lobbed narrowly wide from Norris’s clever through ball and Charlie Bailey controlled a high ball superbly before just missing the far post. Ashton’s luck was summed up as Clee’s overlapping run saw his cross helped against the post by Wilson with Tames’ follow up cleared off the line and Wilson forced another good save out of Ashton in injury time. 

Ashton Utd:  Allinson, Lufudo, Clee, Wilson, Hunt, Sheridan, Smith (Rowney 46),  Tomsett, Slew (Gonzalez 62), Anghel, Tames. SNU: Woodford, Worsnop, Field.

David Robinson