Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ashton United v Witton Albion ...

... in the FA Cup ...

A pretty tight game to be honest ... but Ashton certainly had more of the chances (certainly missed a few !!) - at least until the final nerve-wracking 15 minutes or so when Witton threw everything bar the kitchen sink at the Ashton defence - which held out well - with keeper Paul Phillips making the save of the game from a cracking free kick in about the 93rd minute.  A few pictures from the game at

Ashton United 2 Witton Albion 1 (FA Cup)

So Ashton United's unbeaten start to the season continues - as does their neighbours across town - with Curzon Ashton beating their higher-level opponents (Marine) away from home.  In the same competition, Droylsden suffered a rather embarassing 1-5 home reverse to Trafford  - with Shelton Payne scoring all five for the visitors.  League action saw defeats for the other three Tame Sides - Hyde (1-2 at Kidderminster), Stalybridge (0-3 at Brackley) and Mossley (0-4 at Darlington 1883).

Unfortunately the FA Cup has scuppered my match of choice this coming midweek - Droylsden should have been entertaining Stafford Rangers on Tuesday night but the Boro's 0-0 draw at Chasetown means replay ... I'll probably eschew Mossley v Padiham in the Doodson Cup in favour of Stalybridge Celtic v Harrogate Town - because Stalybridge are the only one of the six not yet seen.

Straight after the Ashton game it was off to friends in Rochdale for food and a natter - and as we knew today was not going to be perfect walking weather (!!!) we spent a few interesting hours at Helmshore Textile Museum  before heading home, knowing large boy was cooking tonight's tea !  A few pics of machinery taken today courtesy of babycam with failing batteries ...

Not long for food - and hopefully tomorrow's weather won't be as grim as today ... but I've a sneaking feeling it WILL be just as bad - eek !

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