And then there were two: Ashton United keep run going

Hurst Cross
Ashton United’s Hurst Cross ground

ASHTON UNITED are one of only two unbeaten teams left in the Evo-Stik Premier after winning 3-1 at Stafford Rangers on Saturday.

Stafford were also unbeaten heading into the weekend and took a fifth-minute lead through Jack Sherratt after former Altrincham striker Kyle Perry had hit the post.
But Jack Dorney pounced on a defensive mistake to score a 48th-minute equaliser before Ryan Crowther headed Ashton in front on 78 minutes and sub Rhys Nevins sealed victory four minutes later.

Keeper Terry Smith made his first appearance after rejoining the Robins while caretaker managers Will Haining and Jody Banim were on the bench, with Banim coming on for Lee Gaskell. Gary Gee and Adam Mather both started but have since followed former managers Steve Halford and Paul Phillips to STALYBRIDGE CELTIC.

However, Ashton have signed Bobby Lofthouse from Burscough and the former Stockport County midfielder could make his debut in Saturday’s match at Hednesford Town.
The Robins are now one point behind joint-leaders Blyth and Buxton. Blyth host Marine on Tuesday night while Whitby host Ilkeston in two of just three Evo-Stik Premier games in midweek.

Unfortunately only one of our local sides feature in the top 10 of the Evo-Stik North, and that’s RAMSBOTTOM UNITED after Louis Myers bagged a brace in a 2-2 draw at home to Glossop.

TRAFFORD are a point behind in 12th after Mark Derbyshire gave them a 1-0 home win against Farsley Celtic wile RADCLIFFE BOROUGH also won on Saturday, Ismail Suleiman and Elliot Rokka scoring in a 2-1 victory at Burscough to climb to 14th.

DROYLSDEN and MOSSLEY are below Boro on goal difference after losing 1-0 at home to Bamber Bridge and 4-0 at home to Brighouse Town, respectively. Ayrton Bevins gave HYDE UNITED an early lead but Lancaster City struck twice in the last 15 minutes to win 2-1 and leave the Tigers in 17th.

WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON are three points off the top of the North West Counties Premier despite losing 4-1 away to joint-leaders 1874 Northwich on Saturday.

ABBEY HEY and NEW MILLS lost at home to Runcorn Linnets and AFC Liverpool, respectively, while MAINE ROAD lost 3-2 at home to Runcorn Town on Monday night, despite Ryan Steele’s brace drawing them level with just four minutes left.