Monday, 2 November 2009

Wigan through to last sixteen...

Ashton Town 1 Wigan Robin Park 2

Vodkat Challenge Cup

Ashton Town - what's not to like about the place. Cracking little clubhouse, sloping pitch, tremendous pies and we tend to win there.

Saturday was a right old struggle though. Well on the pitch it was. Off the pitch the beer and the pies went down well, the sun shone, they kindly left the side gate open so you could nip out for a slash on the path by the ground rather that walk back to the club and a four quid day pass on the bus got us there!

Just a pretty awful game but the result means that The Robins progressed to the quarter finals of the Vodkat Challenge Cup.

On what was a perfect day for football Ashton had the better of a tight first half where pretty much nothing happened...

Luckily the standard Neafcy half-time bollocking appeared to work and The Robins broke the deadlock on 56 minutes when ex-Ashton player Chris McNally rose above the home defence Ryan Smallesque to head home a cracker. Waiting for the normal McNally celebration he proved that he watches too much Premiership rubbish on the telly - and at Goodison - and did that bit where the player doesn't celebrate against his old club. Good on him but to be honest if it was me I'd probably just run around the pitch flicking the v's. Then again I rarely scored when I played and running around the pitch at the moment with my rheumatism...

The lead lasted just five minutes when a ball over the top left Wigan's defence (well Dixie anyhow) flat-footed and allowed Ashton's Steve Edwards to nip in. His first effort came back off the bar but he was the first to react and knock the ball in. This was his eighth goal of the season and for somebody that seems to do absolutely nothing other than score it's some going. My sort of player... That said the lad up front with him's a fair player. Paul Rogers. Not the ex-Latics player that scored at Wembley nor the lead singer with Free but a good lad that holds the ball up well.

The Robins composed themselves and with Dean Callaway becoming more influential The Robins began to dominate with McNally, Chipper Martin and Ryan Small all going close/missing sitters*. * delete as you feel appropriate

As the game entered the final ten minutes and with darkness descending - just switch the bloody lights on - The Robins piled on the pressure and a superb move resulted in Neil Swift slotting the winner with his first goal for the club. After that The Robins easily saw out the final few minutes and now face Runcorn Linnets - in what should be a cracking game - down at the Stadio de Robin Park sometime in February.

In a nutshell:
Pies - peppery, lovely, butties after game a little bland. Chips good though
Programme £1.20 Very decent home-made programme
MILF bar maid? Sadly no. Male* and daft as a brush. Lager not bad though
*The Hopper bought a cracking Ashton badge off him, mind
Man of the match - they gave it to Deano Callaway. The Wigan Robin Bastards gave it to nobody in particular. it was one of those games.
Goalscoring charts: Chris McNally 9, Ryan Small 7, Steve Williams 6
Draw - Runcorn at home. Looking forward to it. Wonder if that lad that hit me at Canal Street in 1978 will be still watching them?!??! btw that's Canal Street in Runcorn, their old ground not that street in Manchester...

Next up Rochdale Town next Saturday. preview later in week (maybe...)

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