This Saturday the Robins take host to Warrington Town at Hurst Cross, in the Northern Premier League.
This will be the second time these two sides meet this season, as in late October, Ashton beat Warrington 1-0 at their home ground Cantilever Park, to progress into round two of the FA Trophy. Round two did not go to plan for The Robins however, as they were knocked out by Matlock Town, who beat them 1-0 last Saturday.
Ashton have also been left to pick up the pieces ahead of this weekend’s game after their mid-week exit from the Integro League Cup, losing 2-1 to Stalybridge at home.
This game marked three in a row without the Robins scoring from open play, which player/manager Jody Banim is fully aware of. “It’s massively concerning, we’re just not taking our chances and our lack of quality in the final third is a big worry”, he explained. “Some of our approach play is not bad but we have to score and we aren’t doing that at the moment”.
On a lighter note, Jody was extremely happy with getting himself back on the pitch during Tuesday’s game. “It was nice actually, being 41, I know I should be giving it up but it was nice little comeback!”
Moving on from a hard week for The Robins and on to this weekend’s game!
Warrington Town are currently 4th in the league table having taken 28 points out of their 15 played games. Ashton are currently down in 17th with 14 points out of 13 games played.
Ahead of this clash, Jody Banim had this to say, “We’ve got a massive game on Saturday and all our focus will be on the game against Warrington.”
For those worried about Liam Tomsett, who sustained an injury on Tuesday night, Jody was assured that it wasn’t too serious. “He’s just got an impact injury after kicking the player’s studs but that will obviously be sore.” We are yet to find out if Liam will be fit for the Warrington Game.
A huge game this weekend for Ashton then, who have to prove to themselves and the fans that they can still bring the fight to strong teams after a difficult run of games. Jody and the boys have done it in the past and we’re certain they can do it now, especially with the strong local support they receive!
We’ll see you at Hursts Cross this Saturday for the 3pm kick-off, make sure you get down there to cheer them on!
Senior (Over 65): £8
Junior (12-17): £8
Child (Under 12): £3