MATCH CENTRE: Ashton United vs Spennymoor Town

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SETTING THE SCENE


The Moors steadied the ship on Tuesday evening when they came out on top against relegation-threatened Guiseley, so a visit to 21st-spot Ashton United should prove an ideal opportunity to begin a winning streak towards the National League North play-offs.

The Robins are all but down. They sit seven points behind Guiseley with five games to play and require a string of super results to stay in the league. But, they’ve lost all of their last six games and the Moors looked back to something like their best against the battling Lions earlier this week.

It was refreshing to see three goals scored by someone other than Glen Taylor, too. Rob Ramshaw and a double-salvo from Shane Henry, who were easily the Moors’ best performers, fired Jason Ainsley’s side back up to fourth spot. They’ll be hoping to better Brackley Town’s result this weekend to move above them into third, which would mean a bye in the first round of the play-offs if they finished there.


STATS CENTRE

  • Ashton are second bottom for a reason. They’ve conceded the second most and scored the second fewest goals in the league. Only Nuneaton have a worse record.
  • Ashton are the league’s least in-form side, having lost their last six games in a row.
  • Spennymoor’s tight victory over Guiseley was their first win in six games.
  • Ashton have only scored one goal in the last six games, since their last win, which was against Chorley in February.

LAST TIME WE MET

The Moors completed a 5-0 demolition of Ashton United at The Brewery Field in October 2018.

James Curtis headed the Moors ahead on just nine minutes, which was swiftly followed up when Shane Henry powered home a superb Mark Anderson Delivery.

It was 3-0 before half-time when Anderson turned form provider to scorer, bending a free kick past Jan Budzt.

Johnson and Boyes both emerged form the bench to compound a toothless Robins’ afternoon with a goal apiece to finish off a consummate victory for the Moors.

THE OPPOSITION

LAST FIVE RESULTS
02/3/19 | NLN | Alfreton 1-0 ASHTON
09/3/19 | NLN | ASHTON 0-2 BPA
23/3/19 | NLN | ASHTON 0-3 Blyth
26/3/19 | NLN | Stockport 2-1 ASHTON
30/3/19 | NLN | Leamington 1-0 ASHTON

ONE TO WATCH | MATT REGAN

The Robins’ March player of the month, as voted by the supporters’ club was the last man to score a goal for Ashton. The defender/holding midfielder, who started his career as a Liverpool youth player, made the controversial move to Hurst Cross from rivals Curzon Ashton. Nottingham Forest and Stalybridge Celtic are also on his CV.

In a side starved of goals, it’s no surprise to see that one of their best performers plays a bit deeper.

INFO FOR TRAVELLING FANS:

Ashton United FC
Hurst Cross Stadium
Surrey Street,
Ashton-under-Lyne,
Greater Manchester,
OL6 8DY

Admission Prices:
Admission will be by payment at the turnstiles and the following prices will apply:


Adult: £12
Concession: £8
Juniors Under 12s: £3


Travelling Supporters:
The Moors Tavern will be open from 9am.
The coach will be leaving at 10:45am.
Full breakfasts and sarnies will be available to those who order before 9pm tonight.
Full English: £3.50
Small English: £2.50
Bacon/Egg/Sausage Sarnies: £2.00

INFO FROM ASHTON

Admission:
£12 Adults
£8 Concessions (Available With ID – (e.g. Bus Pass or Student ID)
Accompanied children under 12 will be £3
If you wish to gain entry at the concessionary rate please be prepared to supply the appropriate proof of ID.
Older people: We work to State Pension Age – If you are in possession of personal ID that states you are in receipt of State Pension then you can get concession entry rate.
Midweek game night: Tuesday
Rockin’ Robin’ Price
Season Tickets purchased before Monday 16th July 2018
Adults = £180 Students/Concessions = £120
This price represents a saving of almost 30% on the full season attendance cost, saving £72 for adults and £48 for concessions.
Normal Price
Season Tickets purchased after Monday 16th July 2018
Adults = £200Students/Concessions = £140
This price represents a saving of approximately 20% on the full season attendance cost saving £52 for adults and £33 for concessions.
Programme: £2.00
Fully licensed social club adjacent to ground, no charge for entry. All welcome
Snack bar inside the ground selling a range of hot & cold snacks and drinks.
No access to social club from pitchside until after half time.
Parking – on street mainly with a small parking area at the Rowley Street end of the ground.


DISABLED INFORMATION

Disabled Access
Disabled access is limited. Please contact the club to discuss arrangements; [email protected]

GROUND INFORMATION
Stadium Facilities – Food & Drink
A variety of hot and cold food & drink is available from the refreshments kiosk before the game and at half-time. The social club serves a wide variety of alcoholic beverages including real ale and soft drinks and is open to all visitors before, during and after games.
It is also open on non-matchdays and hosts a variety of different events. We have several TV’s around the main bar area where we screen SKY and BT Sport matches from the Premier League, Champions League and more. Please contact the club for further details tel.0161 330 1511
Standing Capacity = 4250 (250 seated).
Covered Accommodation – 750 (standing cover available in the Popular Stand, seated cover in the Sid Sykes Stand).
Segregation is very rarely enforced at this level. If segregation does become necessary away fans will usually be housed in the Lees Road End of the ground and enter via this turnstile. This is an uncovered terrace. Should segregation be advised visitors should first check the details with their own club and then contact Ashton United for any further information.
The club shop is also open on matchdays and sells a wide range of league and non-league programmes, replica shirts, scarves, pin badges and other club merchandise.