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Robins fly out of Doodson Cup
Tuesday 10th December 2013 @ 09:51 by Lisa B

FC United of Manchester 2
Ashton United 0
Evo-Stik NPL Doodson Sport Cup, second round

It has to be said this Doodson Sport Cup tie was as far away from being a classic as its possible to be, with little to warm the sparse Bower Fold attendance until very late in the game.
After Kayde Coppin’s early effort was deflected for a corner we had to wait a further 20 minutes before anything else happened….at all!!
Finally Paul Phillips in the Ashton goal was tested as Lewis Lacy sent a shot into his midriff, while at the other end, as if to prove a point, Coppin then drew a good save from FC keeper James Spencer.
The game then reverted to type with most of the crowd going back to their I-phones and the latest Premier League updates.
Coppin did beat the Rebels offside trap on the half hour mark, but Spencer was wise to the danger and for the reds Astley Mulholland did set up a decent chance for Greg Daniels, but he curled his effort wide.
As the cold really started to bite during the second period most of the crowd wanted a goal, any goal, to avoid the prolonged agony of extra-time and penalties. Ashton briefly threatened to provide it with the introduction of Martin Pilkington, who did at least look interested in trying to score, while FC United’s additions of Tom Greaves and Liam Brownhill also beefed up their goal threat.
The opener when it arrived on 81 minutes was in keeping with the lack of quality evident in the rest of the game, Liam Brownhill’s attempted cross drifting over the head of Phillips and into the back of the net.
There were cheers of relief when Greg Daniels rifled in a second of genuine quality with two minutes remaining and the crowd started to celebrate knowing the comfort and warmth of the bar or the car was now assured to be arriving shortly.
Karl Marginson said in his programme notes that FC United were taking this competition ‘seriously’ and wanted to win the trophy.
Older readers might suggest that he’d be a good candidate for an appearance on ‘Call My Bluff’ on this evidence.
For Ashton, I am sure that Steve Halford and Paul Phillips will lose little sleep over this sport cup exit.
Ashton United: Phillips, Coo, Pearson, Gorton, Higgins, Young, Rick (Baguley), Gee, Johnson (O’Neill), Coppin, Chadwick (Pilkington). Subs not used: Lynch, Halford.
Attendance: 282.
by Dave Edler