A first half penalty for the hosts was enough to end Ashton’s Wembley hopes at the Proctor Cars Stadium. The pitch was somewhat bobbly following heavy rain and flooding in the local area and Liam Tomsett’s shot on the turn was blocked by Gooda with 4 minutes played before Tomsett went round the advancing Stewart but his cross from a tight angle was cleared by Gooda.
Rowney then headed Lufudu’s overlapping cross straight at Stewart and at the other end Marshall played in Hinsley who was forced wide before his return ball was miscontrolled by Marshall. The Gladiators then won a corner which saw Hinsley head right across goal before he failed to connect with Gooda’s flick on from the return ball. Nicky Clee then forced Stewart into a low save with Tomsett firing the rebound over from close range and at the other end Hinsley cur inside Hunt and a combination of the Ashton captain & Lufudu saw a penalty awarded as Hinsley went down, Harris converting confidently.
Bramall’s shot from Hinsley’s lay off was blocked at the start of the second half before Lufudu burst onto Rowney’s pass and shot just past the far post. Sub Connor Hughes brought a decent save out of Stewart from Tomsett’s pass and Josh Wilson failed to connect properly from Sheridan’s ball into the area.
Tomsett then made strides into the box and was denied by Stewart’s left hand and Slew’s dangerous left wing cross was cleared by Gordon from near the goal line with Clee’s attempt deflected narrowly wide with the home goal coming under siege. The Robins’ final attempt to rescue a replay saw Wilson fouled just outside the area by Gooda and Sheridan’s free kick well tipped away by Stewart.
Team: Worsnop, Lufudu, Clee, Havern, Hunt, Field
(Sheridan 46), Walters (Hughes 55), Rowney, Wilson, Tomsett, Slew. SNU: Anghel,