It’s time for an Ashton away day and Whitby Town is our destination. This weekend the Robin’s finally get to take off their raincoats and spread their wings at the Towbar Express Stadium in the reverse fixture of Septembers home defeat to the Seasiders. The Robin’s face a mammoth task facing the in-form 8th place Whitby Town but with an insatiable thirst to play football again Michael Clegg’s boys will be well up for a war.
Ashton come into the game off the back of a sensational 3-1 comeback against Witton Albion, a game which seems almost an eternity ago. 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.
Whitby are currently on a 5-game winning streak and could be one of the toughest challenges the Robin’s have faced under Clegg. On Tuesday night the Seasiders produced another stellar display in a 3-1 victory against Lancaster City, in their past 6 games, Whitby have scored 15 goals and only conceded 5. Ashton’s star men will need to be as focused as ever in order to get a vital 3 points.
The Robins will welcome back Jono Hunt with open arms returning from suspension having seen the seasider’s attacking dominance. 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 Saturday against Whitby.
The reverse fixture saw the Seasiders snatch 3 points from Ashton United with a penalty being the only difference maker in the 1-0 midweek clash 6 months ago, revenge will surely be on the minds of every robin especially Michael Clegg as 3 points against Whitby could be massive for Ashton United and could see a climb up the table to as high as 17th with an abundance of games in hand.
Away 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/