Northern Premier League action returns to Hurst Cross on Tuesday night as Ashton United and Bamber Bridge in a rearranged game from 2 weeks ago. With both sides coming into the game unbeaten in the league this match has instant classic written all over it!
The last meeting between Ashton United and Bamber Bridge was a match to forget for the Robin’s. The fixture was a frustrating one as Ashton United led the game on two separate occasions but fell to two late Bamber Bridge goals. The game did, however, show signs of attacking promise most specifically from Captain Josh Wilson who netted the opener in that game, having been ever-present in the goals last season, Josh will hope to continue his great form and get some Robin’s revenge. Since the last game between these two teams came 14 months ago Ashton United will ensure the past is in the past and will want to send Bamber Bridge home with a loss in their first away trip of the season.
Bamber Bridge may be feeling a little rusty coming into the game after a period of suspension due to a positive COVID -19 test. Ashton’s opposition have only played league game this season which came 2 and a half weeks ago. That match ended as a 1-0 victory for Bamber Bridge, it took almost 70 minutes for a breakthrough in that game before debutant Scott Burton got his goal. A striker with a debut goal could be a scary thought for the Robin’s as Burton is likely to be confident going into Tuesday’s match.
It was a tough afternoon for the Robin’s in their last outing, the 4-0 loss to South Shields saw Ashton United drop out of the FA Cup in an unfortunate defeat which proved there is plenty of room for improvement at Hurst Cross. The match was a far cry from the previous 3-3 showcase where South Shields snatched a point from the Robins. Manager Michael Clegg described the weekend’s loss as “poor” but still reflected on a great deal of positives and encouraged his side to dust themselves of ready for Tuesday’s match.
The week’s injury news includes Sam Baird made an early departure in the 52nd minute of Saturday’s game after suffering a knock, it’s unlucky Baird will be fit for Tuesday’s game. Greg Hartley played 90 minutes at the weekend after returning from his foot injury so expect Greg to continue to hold down the sticks as he has done so fantastically this year.
Bamber will surely hope to build a bridge over Ashton United’s troubled waters but the wave of Robin’s momentum in the Northern Premier League may prove to be too much. Only one thing is for certain this Tuesday, both clubs will want to remain unbeaten and will put everything on the line to do so. The midweek matchup is not one to miss so get yourself down to Hurst Cross for 90 minutes to remember.
Fans are allowed inside the stadium for Tuesday’s game against Bamber Bridge so please do turn up and show your love for the Robins, we ensure everyone’s safety at Hurst Cross and you can play your part too in supporting safely by respecting two-metre guidelines. You can also follow the game via Match Commentary if you can’t make it down to Hurst Cross with the link down below.
Match Commentary: https://mixlr.com/robins-live
Written by Zak Taylor