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03.09.2007 @ 19:45 Hurst Cross, Ashton Attendance: 210
Ashton United
2 - 1
Hednesford Town
Referee: Mr A.C. Newell (Lancashire) NPL Premier-Match

Tommy Taylor (17)
Gareth Richards (84)
Tom Ward (40)
Starting Line-ups
Damien Rooney
Michael Murray
Chris Adams
Ian Bennett
Billy McCartney
Danny Forde
Matt Edgington
Ben Smith
Tommy Taylor
Glyn Barker
Ian Howard
Rene Gilmartin
Tom Marshall
Ross Adams
Gordon Simms
Keenan Meakin-Richards
Dave MacPherson
Simon Forsdick
Tom Ward
Dominic Heath
Ross Dyer
Danny Blair
Steve Garvey
Melford Knight
Gareth Richards
Tim Sanders
Christopher Adam
Peter Knox
Gareth Richards -> Glyn Barker (38)
Steve Garvey - Matt Edgington (74)
Melford Knight -> Iain Howard (78)
Christopher Adam -> Dominic Heath (59)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report | How They Saw It | League Table

Ross Dyers fierce drive is tipped over by Ashton keeper Damien Rooney
Report by Rod Hadley:

The Pitmen were hoping to bounce back with a victory at Ashton United but were undone by a combination of sloppy defending and not converting the guilt edged chances that came their way.

The opening exchanges bode well as Ross Dyer linked up well with Danny Blair who had been included in the starting line in place of Peter Knox who was relegated to the substitute’s bench. The front two set up Simon Forsdick in the opening minute but as he cut into the box he lost possession.

Ashton replied by winning a corner which nearly resulted in a goal as Tom Marshall sliced his clearance onto the crossbar but Rene Gilmartin was on hand to punch the ball away to safety.

In a lively opening five minutes the ball was going from end to end, Blair and Dyer continued to link up well and a ball into the box forced Tom ward to turn before hitting his effort over the crossbar.

Ashton won three corners in quick succession which Ian Bennett took and with each one he caused problems in the Pitmen defence with the pace on the ball. Ross Dyer and Meakin-Richards lost possession on the wing which Bennett pounced upon to send a curling shot from the left which went just past the right hand post.

In the 6th minute Dave Macpherson was brought down, Simon Forsdick’s free kick was deflected out of play for the Pitmen’s first corner kick of the game. The corner kick found Marshall at the back post and his header was put out for another corner. It was the visitors turn to get three corners in succession, the last one saw a change as Forsdick took a short corner to Dominic Heath who turned and sent a good ball into the box where Macpherson headed just wide.

The play continued to flow from one end to the other, Adams for Ashton sent a long ball up field for the lively Glyn Barber to chase but as he looked to break away Gordon Simms managed to get back and concede another corner kick. Shortly after Barber had a speculative swing at a ball from outside the area but his effort went well wide.

Ross Dyer had the ball in the net in the 14th minute after excellent approach work by Forsdick and Blair but unfortunately as Blair lifted the ball over the defender Dyer was flagged for offside.

A goal soon came but it was the home team who were celebrating as good work on the left wing by Barker and Iain Howard created an opening which Howard took advantage of. He got inside the penalty area and attempted a shot which he pulled to the right but fell into the path of Tommy Taylor who slid in at the back post to score.

Ashton could have gone two up two minutes later when another good cross from Howard found Taylor clear in the centre of the Pitmen’s penalty area but the centre forward missed the ball, much to the relief of the travelling fans.

On the half hour Danny Blair had a half chance after Forsdick had supplied the cross then shortly after Gordon Simms conceded a foul on the edge of the box. It seemed that he caught Barkers ankle as their path’s crossed but it appeared worse as the home player needed lengthy treatment and was shortly replaced by Gareth Richards.

In the 40th minute the Pitmen drew level when Tom Ward scored his first goal of the season with a diving header after Dyer had taken the ball down the left before passing to Blair who sent a cross to the back post where Ward was on hand to score.

With half time approaching Forsdick tried his luck from 25 yards, the ball going just wide then in the last move of the half Ross Dyer should have scored as he caught the ball full on but his header went agonisingly wide.

The half time talk seemed to have worked as soon into the second half Dyer forced Damien Rooney into making a great save. The keeper held onto the ball as Blair closed in to pick up any spills.

The front two continued to link up well and Dyer again missed the target after Blair had set him free, on this occasion he pulled his left footed shot wide of the right hand post.

The game was being played at a hectic pace and was certainly not short of any action, Ashton missed a chance to score when a shot on target hit Taylor who luckily deflected the ball away then Gilmartin had to be alert as Richards broke through two tackles but the Pitmen keeper managed to scramble ball away. Poor defending presented the ball back to the home team and after some scrappy defending the ball was eventually cleared.

Gilmartin had to dive to his left to save a shot fro Ashton full back Michael Murray which went through a crowded penalty area, then shortly after Meakin-Richards managed to block a Taylor scissor’s kick effort.

The Pitmen responded with Dyer charging through the middle but he appeared to be pulled back which gave vital seconds for the ball to reach Rooney. Meakin-Richards got a good cross into the danger area where Tom Ward was unlucky with another headed effort which went just over the crossbar.

Dyer forced Rooney into another good save with Blair again the provider. The corner kick should have resulted in a goal for the Pitmen as Gordon Simms got a firm header on target but it hit Blair on the line and deflected over the crossbar.

In the 84th minute the home team rocked the Pitmen when against the run of play they scored what was to be the winning goal. The ball should have been cleared but sloppy play allowed Bennett to pass to Taylor who found Gareth Richards in the middle. The substitute seemed to scuff his shot but it was enough to take it wide of Gilmartin and into the net.

Hednesford sub Chris Adam had a late chance to grab a point when he broke clear but as Rooney came out to narrow the angle Adam shot wide. He had another half chance before Tom Ward had a header cleared off the line as the home team held on for their first win of the season and condemn the Pitmen to their third defeat in four games.

Manager Phil Starbuck kept the players out on the pitch for ten minutes after the game dissecting the performance. The team now have to pick themselves up for Saturday’s difficult trip to Gateshead where a win will be needed to get the season back on track before any more ground is lost.
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