Ashton United   1-5   Brackley Town      18/8/18

Wilkin: “Important three points”

Saints recorded a convincing win on a first ever visit to Ashton United’s Hurst Cross ground running in four second half goals after Jimmy Armson’s 16th minute opening goal.

“The most important thing today was to get the win,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We applied ourselves in the right way today, we created opportunities and we took them when they came along.  We stayed organised and never let them really get shots on goal and then we got the second goal and a bit of a cushion.”

Shep Murombedzi’s shot was well saved in only the 3rd minute and Armson’s effort was blocked before a defensive mix-up saw Armson through one-on-one with keeper Dave Carnell.  Armson coolly slipped the ball into the net to set Saints on their way after a quarter of an hour.

Ashton were immediately pegged back as the second half started. Armson’s 56th minute shot came back off the post, Lee Ndlovu fired goal-wards and a deflection from defender Matthew Hill took the ball past Carnell to put the visitors two goals in front.

Armson’s 74th minute cross created the perfect opportunity for Glenn Walker arriving in the penalty area and his determination to reach the ball first extended Brackley’s lead.

Lee Ndlovu emphatically despatched a 79th minute penalty after Murombedzi was fouled and substitute Gregg Smith added an 88th minute fifth goal heading in from Shane Byrne’s free-kick.  There was still time for Ashton to grab a late consolation from Craig Hobson’s header.

“We have had a frustrating start to the season, “Wilkin said. “We have made some uncharacteristic individual errors that have cost us but today these were eradicated so no surprise that we have come away with a quite convincing win.  If we can do the job better in both penalty areas we will find ourselves in a better place.”

 

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Lowe (Myles 81), Franklin, Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker (Fairlamb 75), Armson, Ndlovu (Smith 81), Murombedzi, A.Walker.   Subs unused: Graham, Nti.

Ashton United:   Carnell, Lees, Regan, Chalmers, Hill, Sheridan, McHale (Bakare 60), Sephton, Evangelinos (Hobson 60), Tomsett (McAtee 38), Chadwick.     Subs unused: Anghel, Turner.

Referee:   Steve Copeland          Assistants:   Neil Evans and Ian Walsh

Attendance:   180