Ashton United were denied their fourth successive draw in Northern Premier League, premier as a second-half defensive mix-up handed a winning goal to Lancaster City at the Giant Axe.
Honours finished even for the second season running at the Marine Travel Arena as Ashton United and Marine cancelled each other out with a goal either side of half time.
A fluctuating encounter on the Yorkshire coast at Whitby saw Ashton United hold on for their first away points of the season following a grandstand finish by the Seasiders.
A single second-half goal was enough to get Ashton United’s season up and running as they beat Basford United at a sunny Hurst Cross in front of a crowd of 232.
Ashton United’s toughest pre-season assignment to date turned out to be just that as they had to overturn a two-goal half-time deficit to salvage a draw at home to National League side FC Halifax Town.