Redemption was given to Ashton forward Neil Weaver for his first half penalty which rattled the cross bar as he scored the winning goal nine minutes from time to give the home side the three points in a tight encounter at Edge Green Street on a sunny late summer afternoon in Ashton.
Ashton came into the match off the back of a busy previous weekend which saw victories over Appleby Frodingham 4-2 and a thrashing of Atherton LR 5-0 while NFV haven’t won a game since opening day of the season.
The game began with the visitors snatching an early lead on two minutes as Crewe loanee Callum Pritchard-Ellis met a corner exquisitely for Villa to go one up,He looks a more than useful recruit and the time here will help him learn his craft,the lead didn’t last that long as Ashton made the scores level just four minutes later with Daniel Barrie easily converted the cross from Marcus Cusani.
Ashton could have gone 2-1 up but Neil Weaver who took the penalty awarded to them agree Villa keeper Kieren Cunningham brought down a striker, if anything it was much worse than one at the LR v Eccleshall game last month which saw the keeper sent off!
Eventually Ashton took the lead with Cusani knocking it in from another corner on to make it 2-1, Villa in turn came back and their persistent efforts were duly rewarded as Villa full back Dylan Norris tapped in virtually unmarked in the area to draw it level with ten minutes to half time.
HT Ashton Town 2 NFV 2
The second half was a bit mundane to be honest, both teams struggled to get a real foothold on the match as the half progressed.
Villa had a good opportunity on around 64 minutes as Dylan Norris curled a shot outside the box which was knocked onto the bar for a corner and Ashton Town almost took lead eight minutes later but Neil Weaver’s shot from a cross just hit a wall of players in the area.
Ashton finally got the lead when Weaver power blasted a shot inside the box that the keeper could not stop.
The opposition tried to score but could not burst the Town’s defences, even one of their defenders who looked more like a prop forward than a footballer was getting stuck in but to no avail.
Ashton Town had to to battle for this and it was more a case of result first and performance second,This win lifts them to third but a few teams around have plenty of games in hand over them but they will be at the business end of this league come April.
Northwich may lie in 17th from 19 clubs but they are clearly much better than this and the results should slowly be coming their way, it’s just a case of working hard and they are certainly not afraid to fight when the chips are down.
FT Ashton Town 3 NFV 2
Northwich Flixton Villa (to be fully filled when I find the XI)