A new low – the heav­i­est home de­feat on record

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life - BY NEIL LEATHERBARROW

SKELMERS­DALE United were founded in 1882 and nowhere in their re­sults records does it show a big­ger home league de­feat, with Tues­day night’s hu­mil­i­a­tion dwarf­ing the 8-0 de­feat at home to New­cas­tle Town in 1995/96 and a 7-0 loss at home to Ir­lam in 1983/84.

Skelmers­dale had a de­fen­sive night­mare and a ram­pant Ash­ton looked likely to score ev­ery time they at­tacked.

The ter­ri­ble night started in the fifth minute. A de­fen­sive clear­ance was charged down and Matt Chad­wick slipped the ball along the inside- left chan­nel to Josh Sta­chini, who hit the ball wide of goal­keeper Joe Hil­ton and into the net from around 12 yards.

The sec­ond goal came in the 16th minute af­ter a Skelmers­dale at­tack broke down. Cavell Coo cleared long and Skem de­fend­ers Ja­son Jef­feries and Cal­lum Gro­gan went for the same ball, the re­sult was a poor header that put Chad­wick on a run at the Skem goal and he slammed the ball into the far cor­ner.

In the 19th minute it was ef­fec­tively all over. Chad­wick took the ball to the Skem goal-line and pulled it back across the face of goal to Char­lie Duke, giv­ing the num­ber seven a sim­ple tapin. For the next few min­utes Skelmers­dale at­tacked, but Chad­wick headed home to make it 4-0 and in the 38th minute it was five, as Chad­wick crossed from the right and Stephen Ma­son nipped in sharply to head home.

There was no let-up in the sec­ond half. On 56 min­utes Hil­ton lost the ball out­side his area and Chad­wick pounced to com­plete his hat-trick.

In the 58th minute an­other way­ward Skem pass in the cen­tre of the pitch put Ash­ton in pos­ses­sion, Chad­wick put Jack Dy­che in and the Scun­thorpe loa­nee fin­ished clin­i­cally to make it 7-0.

So what do you do when you are 7-0 up? You fetch on one of the top goalscor­ers in North­ern Premier League his­tory for his de­but, Jody Banim. Inside 15 min­utes it was 9-0, two goals cour­tesy of Banim, who turns 39 next week.

One good thing Skelmers­dale did do was score what was ar­guably the best goal of the game on 82 min­utes. A nice pass­ing move gave Howarth the op­por­tu­nity to cross from the left, his low ball into the box be­ing di­rected home well by Nathan Ran­dell.

The goal seemed to mo­ti­vate Ash­ton to make it 10 and they did two min­utes from time, that man Chad­wick push­ing his way into a one on one po­si­tion with Hil­ton, the striker net­ting his fourth with a fine fin­ish into the far cor­ner.

Skelmers­dale must tighten up – their record league goals con­ceded in a sea­son is 156 in 1906/07, the next is 121 in 1995/96. Skelmers­dale have con­ceded 101 in 39 matches, and they still have seven to play.

They have got to avoid con­ced­ing an av­er­age of three per game to not be named the Skem team with the worst de­fen­sive record for 110 years.

Rami Howarth tries to get in a cross against Ash­ton and (be­low) Ja­son Jef­feries’ ex­pres­sion sums up a painful night for Skem John Driscoll

Steve Ir­win in ac­tion for Skem at Blyth John Driscoll

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