Ashton United Vs Atherton Collieries Match Preview
Michael Clegg takes charge of his second Ashton United game this weekend with the Robins facing Clegg’s former club Atherton Collieries. During Clegg’s tenure, Atherton saw a remarkable transformation with the now Ashton boss taking the club from the tenth tier to the seventh in the space of five seasons.
Clegg is not alone in moving from Atherton to Ashton with the new manager bringing in Ben Hardcastle who last season was named Division One West Player of the Season last and Michael Brewster who played 12 times for Atherton this season.
Since Clegg’s appointment, the Robins have only played once with last weekend’s home fixture against Stafford Rangers postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
On the other hand, Atherton’s last result was an impressive 2-2 draw against Barrow who currently sit top of the National League. Atherton had taken the lead through Vinny Bailey but couldn’t hold onto their slender margin.
So far this season, Atherton have accumulated 18 points and find themselves sat in 18th place one place above the Robins. However, their impressive FA Trophy run has been the highlight of their campaign.
Currently, Atherton are on an 8-match unbeaten run in all competitions with their last defeat coming on the 2nd on November where they lost 3-1 at home to Basford United. However, in the league Atherton have only acquired 7 points in their last 6 league games.
On the other hand, the Robins head into the game with no win in their last 5 games. The last victory for the Robins came back on the 2nd of November when two first-half penalties from Josh Wilson were enough to secure three points against Buxton.
The last time to two sides met was back in August in the first game of the season. The game ended in a 2-2 draw with a Sam Sheridan brace not enough to secure the Robins all three points.
Clegg will be looking to build on the positives his side showed against Basford and will be hoping to get his first win as Ashton United manager this weekend.
For fans who can’t make the game there will be full match commentary. http://mixlr.com/ashtonunitedfc/
£5 over 65 years
£3 12-17 years
Under 12-year-olds admitted free of charge with a paying adult**
Skuna Stadium, Alder St, Atherton, Manchester M46 9EY
Written by Tom Langford