ASHTON UNITED 2, GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 1
Ashton United’s recent habit of scoring late goals stood them in good stead again as Florian Yonsian hit the winner at home to Gainsborough Trinity with one minute left to extend their unbeaten run to six games.
After Ekow Coker scored late winners against South Shields and Stalybridge Celtic in their previous two league matches, it was Yonsian’s turn to steal the limelight as Ashton remain in the top half of Northern Premier League, premier division.
Trinity started the better as Jovon Makama nipped between two defenders to earn a free kick which saw Morgan Worsfold-Gregg’s delivery headed past the far post by Neal Bishop.
Ashton’s Jordan Simpson was then upended just outside the area by Elicha Ahui with Cole Lonsdale’s free kick seeing Coker’s header bounce just wide.
Trinity took a 19th minute lead when Stefan Galinski advanced through midfield and past several missed tackles before cutting inside Lonsdale and firing a fine opener.
Lonsdale’s deep corner then saw Jack Redshaw unable to keep his header down at the far post but eight minutes before the break Ahui was handed a yellow card for another foul on Simpson and this time Trinity were made to pay as Harry Coates headed Redshaw’s ball in at the far post.
The second half was devoid of action until Freddie Draper burst into the area for the visitors before firing wide.
Ashton substitute Tom Bentham saw a shot from distance saved by Matt Yates. A long free kick then saw Osebi Abadaki race onto Coates header only to steer his effort over while Yonsian’s flick was saved before Ben Hardcastle’s effort was deflected over the crossbar.
The deadlock was finally broken with one minute remaining when a long ball saw Bentham slide in Yonsian for a neat left foot finish to seal maximum points.
Goals: Harry Cotes (37), Florian Yonsian (89) for Ashton United. Stefan Galinski (19) for Gainsborough Trinity.
Ashton United: Hartley, Lufudu, Lonsdale, Simpson (Abadaki 67), Coates, Coker, Hardcastle, Brewster, Yonsian, Redshaw (Bentham 67), Tomsett. Subs (not used): Raynes, Spratt, Jenkins.
Report: David Robinson