Report: Colls 1-2 Ashton United

Second-half strikes from Jake Charles and Alex Byrne saw Atherton Collieries slip to a 2-1 home defeat against Ashton United. 

Sidi Fofana had put the hosts ahead early on, but they would ultimately be left empty handed after the Robins’ post-break rally. 

The Colls entered Saturday’s game at the Skuna Stadium in need of a response after a 6-0 defeat at Macclesfield in midweek, and found one almost immediately, as midfielder Fofana eventually steered Adam Dawson’s dangerous set-piece delivery over the line for his first goal for the club.

Dawson would remain a threat throughout the remainder of the half, and almost turned provider again as Jack Evans saw his effort trickle just wide. 

That was one of many half-chances in an open and entertaining first forty-five, with the visitors best opening coming through ex-Atherton winger Marcus Cusani, whose header was saved brilliantly at point-blank range by Nico Defreitas-Hansen. 

Steve Cunningham’s men came closer still shortly after the break, with the linesman’s flag this time denying an equalising goal.

But that near-miss would prove the spark for a seemingly relentless wave of second-half pressure from the away side, who made it 1-1 after Charles poked home at the end of an almighty scramble. 

And it was 2-1 when the ball fell to Byrne on the edge of the area, and he was able to squeeze the ball past the on-rushing Defreitas-Hansen to complete the turnaround.

Colls: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Josh Solomon-Davies, Jack Evans, Dylan Moonan (75' Ben Rydel), Jordan Fagbola, Dylan Thompson, Adam Dawson (75' Nathan Caine), Harvey Gregson, Lewis Coulton

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