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Ashton Athletic 1-0 St Helens Town (FA Cup), St Helens Town 0-5 Maine Road
9:58am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
A disappointing week for Town saw them exit the FA Cup and suffer a drubbing against league leaders Maine Road.
The FA Cup replay saw Athletic start brightly, forcing a save from Ryan Taylor in the first minute. Taylor was again called into action after 10 minutes, saving from the edge of his box. However, Town soon surged into action and captain Crompton had two chances in quick succession. His first was a driving shot from 12 yards which was blocked and moment later he just failed to connect with a low corner kick right on the home goal-line.
A rare Ashton raid ten minutes from the break saw Athletic awarded a penalty, only for Taylor to pull off a great save low to his right.
Town began the second-half in the ascendency with the burly Paul Cook-Hannah was proving a handful for the home defenders.
Three minutes into the second-half, Crompton was hauled down in the box and should have had a penalty, but play moved on and Cook-Hannah seemingly only had to connect with the ball to score, but he lost his footing as he drew the keeper, who easily saved. He had another great opportunity, but his powerful drive whistled inches over the bar. Cole Ashton also had a good chance in the closing stages, but his lob was comfortably gathered by the advancing goalkeeper.
As extra-time loomed an Ashton attack down the right wing saw an accurate cross find Ward on the edge of the box and he calmly placed his shot just inside Taylor’s far post for what proved to be the winning goal. Last season’s Premier Division runners-up Maine Road completed six wins out of six as they handed out a lesson in clinical finishing to leave Town reeling at the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing.
The strong, gusty wind played an important part in the first half at Brocstedes Park and Maine Road were able to take full advantage. The first goal was netted from outside the box after 14 minutes, Henderson giving Taylor no chance with a drive which dipped over the keeper into the far corner of the net. Josh Gittings scored a spectacular second from the edge of the centre circle, the ball beating Taylor’s despairing after 34 minutes. Taylor injured a shoulder a short time later following a collision and, though he continued to play, his movements were obviously restricted.
As the interval beckoned, Town had their best chance as Milne surged past two defenders but, with only the keeper to beat, managed to put the ball the wrong side of the upright.
Town began the second-half in more determined fashion with Crompton going close on 53 minutes, heading powerfully from a corner, only for ‘keeper Hall to pull off a good save. Maine Road tied up the points with a remarkable goal, from a move which began with Hall almost putting the ball into touch on the half-way line but it eventually found Henderson who broke clear of the Town defence and fired past an unsighted Taylor. Within 10 minutes, it was 5-0. Chappell hit a spectacular shot past Taylor from 25 yards and substitute Williams completed the scoring with another well-worked goal.
Alsager Town are the visitors to Brocstedes Park, Ashton on Saturday 31st August, 3.00pm
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