Ashton’s recent good run of form came to an end as the home side ran out comfortable winners at the Flamingo Land Stadium in front of a crowd of 900. On the plastic surface the Robins were playing with the benefit of a strong wind in the first period and Spratt just stopped Liam Tomsett in time at the cost of a foul which saw Sam Sheridan’s free kick bounce uncomfortably close to Taylor’s goal.
Tomsett was then just denied by Taylor at his near post from Hardcastle’s cross but 12 minutes in Tomsett won a penalty from a clumsy challenge by Assenso which Josh Wilson stuck away. Six minutes later matters were evened up by Michael Coulson also from the spot after Steven Rigby was adjudged to have handled a return ball. Sheridan then caught hold of a poorly cleared corner but hit it just too high and a great cross by Josh Barrett reached fellow full back Johnson who half volleyed over the top. Just before the break an action replay saw Johnson miss another great chance this time on his right foot.
The visitors made the worst possible start to the second half as Liam Tomsett was dismissed for a strong challenge on Johnson. John Lufudu was denied by Taylor after a good exchange with Almond and after Coulson had overrun Watson’s clever chip into the area Brewster was denied by Taylor at the other end as he tried to convert a clearing header.
Johnson’s latest attempt to get on the scoresheet needed Wilson to clear off the line, again provided by the Seadogs’ most effective player Barrett and with 25 minutes left Barrett was again the provider as he provided Coulson with a tap in for the second. With the hosts clearly on top another Barrett cross saw Walshaw make space before just missing the far post and after Lufudu had burst into the area only to hit the side netting a fine run through midfield by Glynn set up ex-Robin Ryan Watson for a neat finish.
Team: Hartley, Lufudu, Rigby (Tserpes 72), Wilson, Havern, Rowney, Brewster, Sheridan (Tames 46), Almond (Rodney 75), Hardcastle, Tomsett. SNU: Pritchard, Anghel.