Shaw Lane Draw first Game of the Season
Shaw Lane remain joint top after draw at Ashton
Report By ALAN PERCIVAL
Shaw Lane dropped two points at Ashton following a series of bizarre decisions from referee Nathanael Cox.
A late penalty, scored by Matthew Chadwick, was given following a corner in the 88th minute. No players appealed following the scramble in the box and even Mr Cox admitted he failed to identify who committed the foul.
The equaliser was no doubt deserved as Ashton made the better of the harsh wind and lashing rain in the second half.
Ashton were well on the way to a victory in the opening 20 minutes with two goals in four minutes. A 16th minute corner was only half cleared to Will Beesley whose long range effort was deflected to Alex Johnson inside the area. The striker was then able to slot under Jon Stewart for the opening goal.
Their second came on 20 minutes with a stunning strike from the left wing. Liam Tomsett curving a fantastic effort over the helpless Stewart to make it two nil.
Shaw Lane quickly put the bit between their teeth and just a minute later Paul Clayton reduced the deficit. A mistake by Dominic Smalley saw his sideways pass intercepted by Clayton and all the striker had to do was put it past David Carnell.
Another defensive mishap brought the game level on 32 minutes. A through ball by Ryan Qualter found Nicky Walker and from there a flat, left wing cross was put into his own net by Simon Woodford.
More drama occurred before half time with Woodford fouling David Norris in the area after a forward run with the ball by the midfield man. Spencer Harris stepped up and converted the penalty on 42 minutes to give Shaw Lane a 3-2 lead at half time.
The bad weather grew worse during half time and continued throughout the game. The Ducks didn’t like the bad weather as The Robins put pressure on the visitors with a serious of corners and failed attempts at goal.
The bizarre incidents started on 70 minutes when a Clayton effort was judged offside. Alex Byrne’s right wing cross from the byline was headed home, but the offside flag was raised to deny Shaw Lane.
Five minutes later and a yellow card was shown to debutante Ben Gordan for failing to take a throw in. While waiting for a substitution to take place referee Cox flashed Gordan the card for time wasting.
Shaw Lane will feel aggrieved for previous decisions before the penalty was given and will do well to take it on the chin. Ashton will no doubt feel the draw was the fair result after their second half pressure.
Shaw Lane: Stewart, Austin, Gordan, Ki. Lugsden, Kel. Lugsden, Qualter, Byrne, Harris, Clayton, Norris, Walker.
Subs: Reeves (on for Ki. Lugsden 68), Chilaka (on for Clayton 85), Abadaki (on for Walker 76), Payne, Orlando-Young.
Report by Alan Percival