Report by Rod Hadley
Ross Dyers header is just wide
The Pitmen’s final home game of the season was a typical end of season game against a team fighting relegation who on the day should have returned home with all three points. The Pitmen were devoid of any creativity but not honesty as every player once again worked hard but with no end result.
Ashton’s Gary Kharas was a threat all afternoon, early in the first half he should have scored when well placed to receive Steve Garvey’s pass but somehow he managed to trip over his own feet. In the 10th minute he showed good skills on the ball to round Tom Marshall but his pass into the danger area was wasted as no one was following up.
Ross Adams sent a good ball from the right into Ashton’s penalty area; Danny Bacon passed the ball on for Ross Dyer to attempt a header on the bouncing ball. He did not realise he had more time as his first time header went wide of the left hand post.
Tom Baker hit a free kick high over the crossbar then shortly after he was denied a goal by a brilliant save by Ryan Young. The Pitmen keeper dived to his left to push the ball onto the crossbar an out for a goal kick.
With half time approaching Ross Dyer headed a Phil Hadland free kick back across the face of the goal where Ross Adams was just out of reach as the ball passed by the right hand post.
Shortly into the second half Tom Marshall lost possession in the Ashton half and the ball was kicked up field for the visitors Phil Cooney to outpace Lee Soar. Ryan Young was quickly off his line and raced from his area to force Cooney to go wide, Cooney’s shot on goal was cleared straight to Tom Taylor on the edge of the box from where he hit a thunderous shot against the underside of the crossbar. The rebound went straight back to Taylor who attempted another shot which Iain Screaton cleared off the line and out for a corner.
The resulting corner was nearly turned into the net by Chris White and Iain Screaton in a scramble by the near post, luckily the ball went out for another corner kick.
Darren Alexander flicked on a Ryan Young clearance for Danny Bacon to have clear opening on goal but the former Lincoln City striker again failed to find the net by shooting wide.
The team must practice free kicks so the free kick on the hour must have made Phil Starbuck tear his hair out as after a long discussion between Tom Marshall and Mario Pedro, Marshall took the kick and sent it sailing high, in fact very high over the Town End stand.
With the Pitmen reverting to the long ball game substitute Jon Douglas beat the offside trap to volley a shot just wide from the edge of the box. Pedro was next to be added to the list of players who managed to shoot wide.
In the final minutes Justin Jenkins dummied a through ball which allowed Danny Bacon a shot which Lee Bracey the Ashton keeper managed to smoother. Jon Douglas was cautioned for a push shortly before the Referee brought proceeding to an end.