Ashton Town 2 Great Harwood Town 0



GREAT HARWOOD TOWN’S bright start to the season was clouded over a little on Saturday when they went down to their first defeat in four matches.
The Reds went to Ashton with a 100% record from their first three matches but things started to go wrong for them after only 20 minutes of the game when Ashton took the lead.
Then, as half time approached, the referee awarded the home side a penalty after controversially ruling that Martin had handled in the box.
It left Town 2-0 down at the interval, but they came out for the second half in a new frame of mind and forced Ashton onto the defensive.
McGee shot wide early on and there was disappointment for Lally and Marren who both saw good efforts well saved by the home team’s goalkeeper.
The near misses proved Harwood’s downfall as Ashton held out for a victory, but Town’s manager Mr. Rick Grogan was not too disappointed by the result.
“Overall Ashton were quite a god side and I think they will do well this season if they can keep that team together. We didn’t create any chances in the first half but in the second half we did a lot better and came back well.
The important thing now is to bounce back against Clitheroe.”
The match against Clitheroe at the Showground tomorrow night (kick-off 7-30) has all the makings of a real thriller, with Harwood’s newly promoted opponents currently in excellent form.
Town’s squad will be the same as the one which travelled to Ashton on Saturday, except that Peter bent replaces Simon Vercoe. The squad is;

Maher, Leeming, Bent, Procter, Martin, Moran, Dobson, Haworth, Foy, Bowman, McGee, Marren, Lally.

Maher, Vercoe, Dobson, Martin, Proctor, Bowman, Burton, Moran Marren, Greenhalgh, Foy, sub. Nugent

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