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Yellows draw against Bacup - Match Report

Yellows draw against Bacup - Match Report

The Yellows5 Apr - 18:24
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Ashton Athletic 1 Bacup Borough 1 - Sat 6th April

Match Report.

The first half saw both teams engaged in a tactical battle, with neither side able to break the deadlock. Despite few chances for either team, the game took a dramatic turn just before halftime when Bacup Borough's goalkeeper was sent off for handling the ball outside his box, denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The resulting free-kick from Ethan Pearce was top quality with the ball striking the crossbar. The first half ended with the score level at 0-0.

As the second half commenced, Ashton Athletic seized the initiative. with Conal Larkin breaking the deadlock in the 56th minute by cutting in from the right and slotting the ball into the net, giving his side a 1-0 lead. However, despite going down to 10 men Bacup Borough played very well and responded strongly, equalizing through a header from a corner, levelling the score at 1-1 in the 70th minute.

Both teams displayed resilience in defence with goal-line clearances and crucial saves. For Bacup centre-back and goal scorer Scott Johnston and for The Yellows Calum Wilson, Chris Cottington and keeper James Aspinall, ensuring the score remained level until the final whistle.

Despite late pressure from Ashton Athletic, a great strike from Jack Smith hit the post and Bacup Borough's substitute goalkeeper made two crucial saves to deny the hosts a late winner. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with both teams sharing the points.

Starting XI
1 James Aspinall
2 Conal Larkin
3 Ethan Pearce
4 Calum Wilson
5 Chris Cottington
6 Niall Partridge
7 Joshua High
8 Deklan Hill
9 Thomas Romano
10 Jack Smith
11 Joshua Nicholson

Substitutes: Ross Ellison, Reece Carrington, Zach Conway, Jason Foulds.

Attendance 93

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In the previous meeting early on in the season, the teams played out a 0-0 draw. Here are a few facts before the upcoming fixture:

After a promising run of four consecutive wins, Ashton Athletic have suffered two recent losses, highlighting the urgency for a return to winning ways.
Struggling for consistency, Bacup Borough have only managed one win in their last six fixtures, indicating a challenging period for the team.

Both sides find themselves in mid-table positions, with Bacup in 10th place and Ashton Athletic closely behind in 11th. With very few games remaining in the season, both teams will aim to secure the points to improve their standings.

The Yellows will look forward to a return to Brocstedes Park and enjoy the support of their fans as they play on home turf, which could prove crucial in their quest for victory.
With aspirations to finish the season strongly, both teams will be motivated to deliver an impressive performance and secure the points.

The match promises to be a closely contested encounter between two evenly matched teams. Ashton Athletic will seek to capitalize on their home advantage and bounce back from recent setbacks, while Bacup Borough will aim to overcome their inconsistent form and secure a positive result.

We hope to see you at the game and thank you for your support in our penultimate game of the season.

Admission prices are £6 for adults, £4 for concessions, and £1 for Under 16, Juniors are Free accompanied by adults, making it an affordable outing for families and fans of all ages. Also Wigan Athletic and other Season Ticket holders are welcome for the £4 concession price.

Please Note: It is Cash only on the Turnstile. The Bar and Kitchen are Card/Contactless Only.

Ground: Brocstedes Park
Address: Downall Green, Ashton in Makerfield
Postcode: WN4 0NR.

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