Ashton went into this game lying 3rd from bottom in the league and looking to stop a bad run of losses.
Ashton edged the first half in terms of possession. Both goalkeepers made good saves to keep the score at 0-0. Ashton had some good link up play through the midfield but could not find any clear cut chances to score.
They were solid at the back and did not give Formby anything in front of goal.
Hannah had a couple of good mazy runs down the left wing which resulted in one effort that flew just wide of the post. Ashton was the better side going in at half time 0-0.
The second half started where the first left off, with Ashton having all the play. However they had a scare early on when Formby number 9 cut in from the left and hit a low shot that just went wide of the right hand post. Hannah beat two defenders and got to the by-line and fizzed a ball across the six yard box, which Formby were lucky to scramble clear. In the next few minutes, with Ashton desperate to score, it resembled a pinball machine in the Formby penalty area, with the ball zipping around all over the place except the net! Charlotte in the Ashton goal had to be alert to make a great save from the Formby number 7, palming the ball around the post to stop a certain goal. Ashton continued to have much of the play but could not find the net and with 8 minutes left Formby struck on a breakaway, and scored with a firm drive from outside the box from their number 7. Although gutted by the goal heads did not drop and a fine run by Emily down the right saw her put in a great cross which Xenia flicked just wide. FT 1-0.
In a lot of the games this season Ashton really have been unlucky. Their general play has been excellent and with seven games to go it’s all to play for.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.