Robins Take on Playoff chasing Witton

It’s a Hurst Cross homecoming for the Robins this Saturday as Witton Albion travel for an exciting 3pm kick-off. The two sides sit at opposite ends of the table with Ashton still hovering in the relegation zone whilst Witton fly high in 7th however recent form favours the Robins and suggests the only way is up for Michael Clegg’s red breasted heroes.

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 11 keeping his place as club’s top goal scorer this season. Wilson will likely be used to a defensive capacity at the weekend given Witton’s attacking power as the side have scored 6 goals in their previous 4 games. Witton come into the game after a 2-2 draw against Stafford Rangers where a brace from the club’s top goal scorer Billy Smart secured the Albion a point.

2020 has been fantastic for the Robins thus far yet the relegation battle still is the centre of Ashton’s worries so surely, it’s climb time for the Robins. A win for the Robins could see them rise as high as 17th in the Northern Premier league a position sought after as it resurrects the Robins from the relegation zone that’s been so difficult to escape. Another factor which will give motivation to the players is the reverse fixture loss where the Albion scored a late winner to snatch a point away from Ashton United. Revenge will be on the minds of everyone at the club after the difficult 1-0 defeat in the mid October away defeat.

Witton Albion come into this weekends fixture with defensive worries having not kept a clean sheet since November 30th, this form may give Ashton confidence knowing that the defence is penetrable. A forward who may be excited by the opponent’s form is goal thirsty Steven Thames who seems to be on the cusp of Robins greatness under Michael Clegg and seemingly only needs a breakthrough goal to set his Ashton Career on fire. Although he may receive mixed reactions from away fans due to his previous allegiance to Witton Albion having scored 49 goals in 90 games for them.

In Saturday’s post-match interview Michael Clegg revealed that he believes he has 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 Saturdays 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. Youngster Stavros Tserpes will be hoping to throw his name into the hat to replace the suspended Liam Tomsett having been impressing off the bench against Scarborough seemingly leaving Michael Clegg with a difficult team selection this weekend.

Having missed Tuesdays’ game, the Robins are hungrier than ever to pick up 3 points and there is no place quite like home to do it so be sure to come down to Hurst Cross this Saturday for a fantastic action packed 90 minutes.

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: https://ashtonunitedfc.ktckts.com/event/ash1920h16/ashton-united-v-witton-albion.

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: http://mixlr.com/ashtonunitedfc/

Zak Taylor