This weekend, the magic of the FA Cup returns to Hurst Cross to kick off Ashton United’s competitive season. The Robins enter the competition in the preliminary round having been drawn against Squires Gate FC.
After a highly successful pre-season which included an incredible 4-3 win over League One side Swindon Town, the red-hot Robins will aim to make quick work of their first FA Cup opponents of the 20/21 season. Michael Clegg’s boys are riding a wave of momentum built from fantastic attacking form after scoring 18 goals across the 6 friendlies. The goals have been front lined by star man Louis Almond who was especially impressive in the Robin’s most recent game against Irlam FC where is was the striker who broke the deadlock 16 minutes in to enable Ashton United to cruise to a 3-1 victory at Hurst Cross.
Squires Gate will be no easy ride for the Robin’s, the Blackpool locals had plenty of goalscoring of their own during their first FA Cup game in the previous round. A 5-0 victory over Maine Road gave Squires Gate a deserving ticket to Hurst Cross. It was Squires Gate forward Dean Ing who stole the show across those 90 minutes with a hattrick.
It may be expected that the newly found partnership between Tom Bentham and Louis Almond gets another opportunity to develop however with recent signings the squad is bursting at the seams with quality therefore the team selection appears the most difficult task looking forward to Saturday’s game. That task lies with manager Michael Clegg who clearly has some tough decisions to make, Dean Ing will likely be on Clegg’s mind as a potential goal threat against the Robin’s. Ashton’s resident Alisson Becker: Greg Hartley, will surely have to be on his toes expecting a busy game although his back line which includes the talents of Lufudu and new signing Michael Raynes will naturally instil confidence in the shot stopper.
If Ashton United’s FA Cup story begins against the Squires, then the Robin’s will hope that they are playing as their knights. Let’s kick this season off with a bang at Hurst Cross, the FA Cup is not one to miss. Tickets for the weekends fixture as ever are available on the club’s website.
Tickets: £10 adults £6 concessions
All tickets must be purchased online at the link below
Home support for the Robins is appreciated as always but for those who cannot attend on Saturday live match commentary will be provided: http://mixlr.com/ashtonunitedfc/ by Tom Langford and Jake Mathot
Written by Zak Taylor