When Ashton United travelled up to Workington last Saturday, they were on the verge of creating a new club record for a straight run of league victories.  At the tenth attempt, that run was thwarted, and someone was going to pay for that disappointment.  Up stepped the Rams to the slaughter.


Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hurst Cross, Ashton
Tuesday 12 January 2016

After an uneventful first half which saw the sides separated only by a headed goal from Ashton’s Steve Mason, the home side turned the screw in the second half, leaving the visitors totally bewildered and on the ropes.

Ashton clinically disposed of the young visitors with a crushing display of attacking football, engineered by former Ram Adam Morning, who caused problems down both flanks.

Throughout the whole 90 minutes, Ashton’s player-manager goalkeeper Paul Phillips did not have one save to make, such was the dominance of the home side, whose second half superiority began with Morning heading home unmarked on 56 minutes.

Three goals inside four minutes shattered the visitors, as once again, on 63 minutes, a cross from the right found men unmarked, and Mason took advantage to double his tally for the night.

Barely had the Rams had time to adjust then it was 4-0.  A scandalous attempted back pass into no man’s land gave keeper Grant Shenton no chance, as he raced out in a vain attempt to gather the ball – substitute Eddie Toner easily won the race and rounded the keeper on the left hand side, before floating the ball in from an acute angle, to further demoralise the visitors.

Three minutes later, another vast hole appeared in the Rams defence allowing another substitute Dale Johnson to stride forward and hammer a low shot past the helpless Shenton, at which time a rout looked likely.

Somehow, the home side only managed to put away one more chance, and that fell to Joe Connor five minutes from time, as his hopeful lob deceived everyone and dropped in just under the bar.

A similar effort in the final minute clipped the top of the bar and went over, but a five goal second half salvo was more than enough for the demoralised Ramsbottom team, who now need to regroup and return to winning ways as they attempt to scramble away from the relegation places.

The only positive comes from the fact that they will not have to face a side as rampant as Ashton United every week.

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED team: Grant Shenton (capt), Charlie Doyle (Michael Oates 65mins), Luke Heron, Marcus Poscha, Nia Bayunu, Jake Cliffe (Dean Hope 76mins), Kayde Coppin, David Kuba-Kuba, Danny Wilkins, Prince Haywood, John Pritchard.  Subs not used: Robbie Bromley, Zach Hargreaves, Phil Edghill.

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