ASHTON UNITED 1, LIVERSEDGE 2
Already relegated Liversedge gained revenge for their opening day defeat to Ashton United with a 2-1 victory at Hurst Cross in the Robins’ last home game of the season.
It was a fourth straight loss for Steve Cunningham’s side which is finishing the campaign on a disappointing note.
Andre Mendes was restored in the home goal and needed to be alert early on as Nicholas Walker tricked his way to the by line and Michael Stone saw his resulting shot smothered at the second attempt by the keeper.
Immediately Walker sent in a curling effort from 20 yards which needed Mendes to tip over and at the other end Nathan Lowe set Jason Gilchrist free who saw his right foot shot saved before his clever lob from Cole Lonsdale’s long ball drifted wide of the far post.
Just before the half hour, the best move of the half saw Jack Carr release Walker whose cross was blazed over by Stone when scoring looked easier.
With eight minutes of the half remaining Mendes, miscontrolled a back pass bringing down Walker in the process with Nathan Cartman converting the penalty against substitute goalkeeper Tom Scott as Mendes was dismissed.
The action hadn’t finish in the first period as Lonsdale saw an attempted clearance scrambled off the line but a good run into the Ashton area by Casey Stewart saw Carr touch home his cross at the far post.
Ashton brought on Lewis Thompson for the second half, and it was his cross fired past the near post by Keilen Adams on the hour mark before a long clearance saw Nathan Lowe’s neat pass put Thompson into the area to slide home his finish.
With the Robins now back in the contest, Gilchrist forced a good low save from Adams forward pass and Lowe saw his effort held following Harry Bunn’s right-wing delivery.
With Ashton still pressing for the equaliser, Gilchrist’s shot dribbled wide from Lowe’s free kick and at the other end Carr cut inside Lonsdale but shot straight at Scott, the final action seeing Thompson turning a loose ball over the top after Alex Petrovic had dropped Lowe’s long free kick.
Ashton United: Mendes, Bunn, Newton (Thompson 46), Lonsdale, Baird, Porter (Scott 40), Gilchrist, Whitham, Adams, Lowe, Hobson. Subs (not used): Jenkins, Baillie Regan.
Report: David Robinson.