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Ashton United
Witton Albion
Full time
S Tames (61')
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 244

Unbeaten Run Ends At Hurst Cross

Records of 9 games unbeaten in the league and unbeaten away from home in the league since October comes to an end as Jack Dyche's late winner earns The Robins the three points.

Jack Dyche's controversial 83rd minute winner earns Ashton United the win in what was a very well fought battle between two in-form sides.

Albion started off the game in control of proceedings as several half chances were made but not enough to challenge Ashton keeper Carnell. Ashton grew into the game as Witton failed to make use of the early chances made.

Matty Devine found himself high up the left flank several times in the early stages of the game as he won a free kick in a wide position. James Foley took the free-kick and driven it into the side-netting as he tried to catch out Ashton keeper, Carnell.

Ashton Utd v Witton Albion 24-3-18 (by Vijay Anthwal)
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Liam Tomsett had good chance on Ashton's right side as the ball fell to him at the back post, Tomsett went for an ambitious overhead-kick attempt that went just wide of Calvin Hare's right stick.

The first half ended with Ashton winning the midfield battle and creating the majority of the chances, looking the more likely team to break the deadlock.

However Steve Tames disagrees as he cut inside from the right flank onto his left foot and somehow creeps a shot into Carnell's left hand post sending Albion supporters into madness. Cries of "Zigga Zagga, Albion" rung from the away end,

Before Witton broke the deadlock, Carl Macauley made two changes, Anthony Gardner and Nick Ryan coming on to replace Will Jones and Danny McKenna, this seemed to change the direction of the game for the better of ourselves as Tames did score however the joys were short lived as Ashton United's No.9, Dean Smalley equalised after two previous shots hit the centre of the bar consecutively before Dean Smalley found the far corner.

Ashton would then go on and control the game at their pace with Ashton going close several other times.

The winner came on the 83rd minute when Jack Dyche scored from the right channel that seemed to have crept past Calvin Hare. However this caused a stir and several Witton players went over to the linesman claiming that the ball actually went through the side netting! My doubt about this was that Calvin Hare was still on the ground not appealing so perhaps the referee was correct to give the goal.

The game ended 2-1 to Ashton who look to consolidate their playoff spot that's looking more likely with every passing week. Yesterday was a setback for The Albion but they look to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night as we host Halesowen Town.

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Key moments

61:00
Goal Steve Tames scores for Witton Albion

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87:00 Sub Off
Tom Owens is substituted off for Witton Albion
87:00 Sub On
Micah Evans is substituted on for Witton Albion
83:00 Yellow Card
Prince Haywood is yellow carded for Witton Albion
61:00 Goal 0 - 1
Steve Tames scores for Witton Albion
54:00 Sub Off
Danny McKenna is substituted off for Witton Albion
54:00 Sub On
Anthony Gardner is substituted on for Witton Albion
54:00 Sub Off
Will Jones is substituted off for Witton Albion
54:00 Sub On
Nick Ryan is substituted on for Witton Albion
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As it happened

  • Ashton United
  • Witton Albion
  • 0
  • Danny McKenna Sub Off 54:00'
  • Anthony Gardner Sub On 54:00'
  • Will Jones Sub Off 54:00'
  • Nick Ryan Sub On 54:00'
  • Steve Tames Goal 61:00'
  • Prince Haywood Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Tom Owens Sub Off 87:00'
  • Micah Evans Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Hare, Calvin Hare, Calvin
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Wilson, Michael Wilson, Michael
Foley, James Foley, James
Humphreys , River Humphreys , River
Devine, Matty Devine, Matty
Tames, Steve Tames, Steve
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Haywood, Prince Haywood, Prince

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

Buxton
2
2
Hednesford Town
0
1
Whitby Town
Halesowen Town
0
2
Altrincham
1
1
Stafford Rangers
Mickleover Sports
1
0
Rushall Olympic
1
0
0
2
Nantwich Town
Stalybridge Celtic
2
0
Warrington Town

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 46 95
2. Ashton United 46 82
3. Warrington Town 46 82
4. Grantham Town 46 81
5. Farsley Celtic 46 80
6. Shaw Lane 46 79
7. Witton Albion 46 70

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