22/23 Match Preview: Ashton United

The Lions will look to bounce back from their defeat against Warrington Town, as they welcome Ashton United to Nethermoor Park in a 7:45pm kick-off on Tuesday night writes Harry Ware.

Match sponsored by: Blacks Solicitors

Tickets can be purchased online in advance here. Tickets will also be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash only, it is also cash payments only inside the ground for 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

Here’s a look at the two teams in the buildup to the game, as well as what Danny Ellis had to say after an impressive win at Macclesfield in the Isuzu FA Trophy.

Previous Meetings

Ashton last visited Nethermoor in 2019, when the two sides faced off in the National League North, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.

Kingsley James put the Lions in front on that day, only to be cancelled out by Sam Sheridan just minutes later, to give both sides a share of the points.

The Lions haven’t beaten Ashton since 2010, and will look to put that right on Tuesday evening.

The Lions’ Form Book

Saturday’s defeat to the Yellows was Danny Ellis’ side’s first defeat in six league games, after going unbeaten in the league throughout the whole of October.

Lewis Whitham scored on his debut in the closing stages at Nethermoor, however it wasn’t enough to change the outcome for the Lions.

It was the first home defeat since mid-September for Ellis’ side, in which they picked up seven points from three home games during that time.

A Look At Ashton United

The Robins have had an almost identical season to the Lions, having picked up just one more win than Danny Ellis’ side after playing one more game so far.

Both sides are on the same points, as a result of Ashton United picking up a points deduction, making for an intriguing encounter on Tuesday night.

Ashton also lost last time out at home to Nantwich Town, with Dan Cockerline condemning the Robins to their first loss in four matches.

Callum Saunders and Jack Redshaw are Ashton’s joint top scorers in the league this campaign, with both players picking up six goals so far, and will look to add to that at Nethermoor.

A Look At The Lions

Spencer Harris, Ross Daly, Kyle Trenerry and Callum Chippendale are all likely to miss the match on Tuesday evening.

Andy Kellett and Danny Ellis returned from injury to feature in Saturday’s defeat and could play again against the Robins.

Luke Dean is back from suspension whilst new signings Callum Hiddleston, Keegan Hartley and Lewis Whitham should all be able to feature under the Nethermoor lights.

Three points on Tuesday could take the Lions into the top half, in what has been a tightly contested league up to now.

What Are They Saying?

Danny Ellis spoke to us after Saturday’s defeat to Warrington, and despite being disappointed with the result praised the players who have recently signed for the club.

“We’ve had to change a lot of players, and today I thought we started quite well. At times their goals killed us a bit, but second half I thought we gave it a good go and limited them to very few(chances)”

“Disappointed , 1-3 flatters them , I thought there were some good performances out there. Some lads have come in the last 24 hours and they’ve done well for us”

“Obviously very disappointed, but there are still pleasing things for us to see. We’ve been on a good run, we were going to get beat sometime, and to get beat at Warrington at home, disappointed but we move onto Tuesday now.”

Ellis also gave us an update on the injuries in the squad:

“Jordan Emery is out, he’s not going to be fit for another week, he’s been out for a few weeks, Kyle Trenerry we lost in training on Thursday night, so we had to get another keeper in, I thought Callum (Hiddleston) came in and did really well today, Ross Daly done his groin at Macclesfield, it’s not ideal, Chippendale is out, Luke Dean he’s another one, he couldn’t play because he had five yellow cards (suspended).”

“The positive thing is getting Kells on the pitch (Andy Kellet) for 20 minutes which is good.”

“These things happen in football, I’ll never use it as an excuse. I thought the lads came in and did well.”

“They’ve got a lot of players in that team who have played a lot of games and they’ve been together for a long time. I felt it wasn’t one way. I think it edged the game though. Disappointed, but Warrington, always going to be a tough ask.”

Ellis also gave his thoughts ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Ashton United:

“We want to put it right. We have got a few players missing. I’ll look at myself first before anyone, and then we assess it from there. The aim is to put it right Tuesday, and I’m sure we can deliver a good performance”

Tickets for the game with Ashton United can be purchased at the turnstiles on the night with cash payment only or online in advance here.

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