Friday Night Football at Hurst Cross

For the first time, this season Ashton United have Friday Night Football, hopefully. Hurst Cross plays host to an evening derby as the Robins take on mid-table Hyde United. After an impromptu winter break courtesy of Ashton’s lovely weather, the Robins are raring to get back out on the pitch and pick up 3 points. The game kicks off at 7:45pm subject to weather and pitch conditions.

Ashton come into the game off the back of a sensational 3-1 comeback against Witton Albion, Steven Tames got his long awaited goal to draw the Robins level at the end of the first half leading into a stupendous second half Ashton United display with Mr Reliable Josh Wilson and workhorse Michael Brewster adding their names to the scoresheet to secure the 3 points. Even with massive goalscoring performances from the likes of the Ashton skipper Wilson it was January Player of the Month Greg Hartley who stole the show with yet another highlight reel 90 minutes. 

Hyde are currently 12th in the Northern Premier League sitting a comfortable 7 places above the Robins holding a 9-point advantage. However, they have been struggling with league form this year with only 2 wins in 2020 the most recent being a 3-0 victory against Grantham back in January. In their last league match Hyde lost 1-0 to Scarborough Athletic at home. Hyde will look to their top goal scorer Liam Tongue who’s scored a prolific 10 goals from midfield this season.

The Robins will welcome back Jono Hunt with open arms returning from suspension having seen Tongue’s attacking statistics. Recent debutant Billy Sass-Davies may also be a player to watch after a strong debut against Witton, a partnership between the new Robin and Hunt is a fantastic thought which could be interesting if used on Friday against Hyde.

Manager Michael Clegg grows increasingly confident with his side as they continue to develop and show massive character. Clegg also spoke highly of the atmosphere at Hurst Cross this past week, the club hopes this can be replicated on Friday night with the added incentive of a derby win so be sure to come down and show your love for the mighty Robins on Friday.

Admission prices for Hurst Cross are as follows:

 £12 Adults

 £8 concession

 £3 Under-12s.

Supporters should also be aware that they can save £2 per ticket by purchasing tickets online in advance, and the link you need to do so is here:

Home support for the Robins would be appreciated but for those who cannot attend on Saturday live match commentary will be provided as ever by charismatic duo Tom Langford and Matt Clayton:

Zak Taylor