Report: Ashton United 2-2 Colls

Atherton Collieries fought back to a 2-2 draw away at Ashton United, following late goals from Marcus Cusani and Gaz Peet. 

On a typically rainy Tuesday night at Hurst Cross, Colls fought back from two goals down after second-half strikes from Michael Brewster and Ekow Coker put the home side ahead.

In truth it was a game the visitors deserved to win after dominating much of the first half, but the black and whites will be pleased with a valuable late-season point and the rediscovery of their scoring touch.

Colls took the pressure to Ashton from the off, pressing high up the pitch with the home side's defence content to hack it out of the ground on half a dozen occasions.

The first chance of the game fell to Colls' Aaron Smith on the edge of the area, the midfielder allowed the space to shoot but his effort curled over the crossbar.

Gaz Peet was the next to have a sight of goal, the wing-back slipped in by Marcus Cusani but losing his footing at the vital moment and scooping his shot wide.

Aaron Smith shot wide from a free kick on the edge of the area before Jack Lenehan won the ball back in the Ashton half, firing an effort narrowly over the bar.

Colls tested Greg Hartley in the Ashton goal for the first time with Marcus Cusani forcing him into a strong save at his near post, following some tidy hold-up play from Elliot Rokka.

The home side grew into the game as the half went on, Jack Redshaw providing a simple save for Danny Taberner and Nathan Ntulu seeing a shot thwarted on the edge of the box.

With the rain lashing down in the second half, Colls' missed chances were punished when Michael Brewster latched onto a loose pass at the back and chipped the ball over a stranded Danny Taberner.

Things went from bad to worse moments later when Ekow Coker rose above the Colls defence from a corner, heading the home side two-nil up and leaving the black and whites looking stunned.

Backed by the Colls faithful behind the goal, Colls fought to get back into the game, Kershaw curling a strike into the keepers arms from 18 yards and Niall Battersby looping an effort onto the roof of the net.

The breakthrough came with twenty minutes left on the clock, Marcus Cusani getting a vital touch on Clive Smith's first-time cross to poke the ball across the line, restoring faith for the visitors.

James Hooper's introduction proved a gamechanger for the Colls, the energetic striker causing a handful of problems for the Ashton defence and flashing an effort just wide from inside the box.

With five minutes left on the clock, the deserved equaliser finally came. A misplaced pass from Ben Hardcastle teed up Marcus Cusani to break down the left flank, whose cross across the goal mouth found the chest of Gaz Peet, who drilled home with perfection.

The Colls pressure didn't end after the equaliser, with the most notable chance falling for Clive Smith, whose powerful low effort was denied by the feet of Greg Hartley.

Ultimately, time eventually ran out for the Collieries to find a winner after a fantastic performance. Both sets of players were applauded by the fans upon the full-time whistle, which drew a close to an incredible game of football.

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