Clegg Returns to Atherton in a relegation six-pointer

It’s a midweek visit to the Skuna Stadium where manager Michael Clegg makes a welcomed return to his former club Atherton Collieries for the first time since leaving to orchestrate what can only be described as the year of the Robin. Kick-off between the Ashton United and Atherton Collieries is scheduled for 7:45 pm on Tuesday.

The Robins will hope to bounce back from Saturdays 3-1 away defeat to Scarborough in which the referee stole the headlines with several game-changing decisions. Captain Josh Wilson was the Robins only scorer converting calmly from the penalty spot, as usual, bringing his seasonal tally to 12 keeping his place as club’s top goalscorer this season. Atherton Collieries also suffered a defeat at the weekend courtesy of Whitby Town where the 3-1 scoreline mirrored that of Ashton’s visit to the seaside.

The reverse home fixture between the two sides ended 2-2 with super Sam Sheridan scoring a brace with his second goal coming directly from his own corner kick furthering club theory that Sheridan only scores screamers. A win on Tuesday would take Ashton above the Colls as high as 17th in the Northern Premier League continuing the Robin’s efforts in the division’s relegation battle.

The Fluorescent fullback John Lufudu could be the key to penetrating the Colls defence with his dynamic overlapping runs that have been causing problems for the teams of the Northern Premier League. In addition to his attacking talents, the young fullback’s defensive prowess will hopefully be a counter the Atherton goal scorer Tom Bentham who will surely be on Michael Clegg’s radar as a threat to the Robins defensive stability.

In Saturday’s post-match interview Michael Clegg revealed that he believes he has a selection of a fully fit squad squashing injury worries of both John Pritchard and Sam Sheridan who have both been fantastic in recent games. Due to Saturday’s red card decision, the Robin’s will be without playmaker Liam Tomsett whilst Jonno Hunt will also be an omission serving the final game of his suspension. However, the Robins squad depth and hardworking mentality should be enough for Ashton to fill the voids.

With both teams looking to bounce back from defeat, Tuesday nights game is unmissable as motivation and hunger for 3 points could be at a high amongst players as well as Manager Michael Clegg. Be sure to make the trip to Atherton and show your love for your Robins.

 Away support for the Robins would be appreciated as always but for those who cannot attend on Tuesday live match commentary will be provided:

Tickets will be available at the Skuna Stadium and are priced as follows:

£8 adults

£5 over 65 years

£5 students

£3 12-17 years

Under 12-year-olds admitted free of charge with a paying adult**

Zak Taylor