ASH­TON CLAIM TOUGH POINT

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By David Robin­son

AN ALL-AC­TION en­counter saw the Robins of Ash­ton res­cue a point from the league lead­ers af­ter they had trailed 3-1 just past the hour mark.

The vis­i­tors started the bet­ter with John John­ston’s de­cent run see­ing Max Har­rop’s shot blocked and Har­rop then forced David Car­nell into a save.

Just past the half-hour John­ston ran into the area but his cross had in­suf­fi­cient power to reach Jor­dan Hulme. How­ever, James Poole’s at­tempt to reach the loose ball saw a penalty awarded, and it was fired home by John­ston.

Ash­ton im­me­di­ately showed their metal as Liam Tom­sett’s fine pass put John Pritchard in on Thomp­son and he tucked the ball away on his right foot.

Alty re­gained the lead 11 min­utes af­ter the restart as John­ston made a run right across the area and ex­changed passes with Har­rop be­fore guid­ing his ef­fort home, and min­utes later Car­nell failed to col­lect Poole’s cor­ner al­low­ing James Jones to knock the ball over the line.

Jake Moult fouled Matty Chad­wick in a per­fect po­si­tion for Pritchard to curl home, and Tom­sett headed Josh Gran­ite’s cross against the bar, with the re­bound fall­ing for Chad­wick to equalise.

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