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04.09.2006 @ 19:45 Hurst Cross Attendance: 212
Ashton United
3 - 4
Hednesford Town
Referee: Mr P Tierney (Wigan) NPL Premier-Match

Ciaran Kilheeney (74)
Garry Kharas (77)
Ciaran Kilheeney (pen, 83)
Ross Dyer (13)
Darren Alexander (23)
Ross Dyer (58)
Mario Pedro (82)
Starting Line-ups
Aaron Ratchford
Chris Royle
James Holden
Danny Hooper
Paul Challinor
Russell Hitchen
Tom Baker
Danny Forde
Ciaran Kilheeney
Garry Kharas
Craig Dudley
Ryan Young
Tom Marshall
Iain Screaton
Danny Jellicoe
Ross Adams
Chris White
Mario Pedro
Phil Hadland
Marlon Walters
Darren Alexander
Ross Dyer
Jordan Goodeve
Greg Traynor
Tony Brown
Tom Groves
Steve Brannan
Greg Traynor -> Danny Hooper (29)
Jordan Goodeve -> James Holden (67)
Yellow cards
None None.
Red cards
None None.
Match report | How They Saw It | League Table

Report by Rod Hadley:

The Pitmen held on to their 100% League away record at Ashton United despite conceding three second half goals. The win takes the Keys Park outfit up to sixth place in the League.

The outcome to the game could have been a lot different if in the first five minutes of the game the home team had taken their chances. The Manchester based team obviously buoyant from their first win of the season at Gateshead last Saturday went straight at The Pitmen and shots from Kilheeney flashed just wide of Ryan Young’s goal.

Danny Jellicoe, in the 10th minute failed to score from under the crossbar, a Mario Pedro free kick was headed back across the box by Tom Marshall to give Danny the chance to score but he hit his shot high over the bar.

Ross Dyer was quick to react to a poor headed back pass by Ashton’s Paul Challinor, Ross was able to get to the ball before the keeper and slot home in the 13th minute his third goal of the season. Dyer then turned provider in the 23rd minute as he hit a great cross in from the left for Darren Alexander to get in front of his defender and score with a glancing header.

On the half hour Ross Dyer had a strong claim for a penalty turned down as he was being pulled down by two defenders, somehow he still managed to shoot and was denied a second goal by the post.

Ashton United started to get back in the game, Tom Baker tested the Hednesford defence with a 25 yard shot which went wide, then Ryan Young had to tip over a fierce shot from Garry Kharas .Tom Baker was then unfortunate not to score as his 40th minute free kick hit the Pitmen’s crossbar and went out for a goal-kick.

In first half injury time Ryan Young saved the Pitmen from conceding when Kharas turned Ross Adams and went one on one with Ryan. The keeper dived to save the ball at the feet of the advancing Kharas just as he was about to hit the ball towards the goal.

Young had to be aggressive early in the second half when he forced his way through a crowded penalty area to bravely punch the ball well away from the action. He hit the ground hard but quickly recovered to continue.

With home side kicking down hill the pressure was on the Pitmen’s defence but they were holding on with a strong display by the back four and after he had just seen the home keeper save a firm header, Ross Dyer made it 3-0 when he finished after good work by Marlon Walters who had set the chance up for him.

Scott Green the home team manager threw on his last two substitutes in the 62nd minute in an attempt to go down fighting with an all out attack on the Hednesford goal and his plan soon worked as Ciaran Kilheeney pulled a goal back in the 74th minute. He volleyed home after a free-kick from the half way line was not cleared and bounced kindly to him, then three minutes later Garry Kharas was on hand to score from close range after Russell Hitchens header had rebounded off the post.

It was backs to the wall now for the Pitmen and it should have been 3-3 when Danny Forde flashed a shot just wide after he had received the ball in a route one move from a goal kick.

In the 82nd minute Darren Alexander who had an excellent game leading the line for the Pitmen won the ball and with defenders around him kept going into the box, Darren squared the ball to Mario Pedro who was free of markers and was able to take his time, after what seemed an eternity for the fans he finally put the ball into the net.

Ashton would still not lie down and remarkably they pulled another goal back a minute later when Iain Screaton handled in the penalty box and Ciaran Kilheeney stepped up to hit the penalty hard to Ryan’s right hand side to score his second of the game.

Marlon Walters should have put the game out of Ashton’s reach with three minutes of normal time left, after making space for himself in the box Marlon hit his shot high and wide. Marlon was then to provided Mario Pedro with a chance in injury time when he placed a header into Mario’s path but Mario volleyed just wide.

The Referee played four minutes extra time and at the end, the final whistle was greeted by a tremendous standing ovation for the team by all of the fans that had made
the trip.
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