Ashfield Football Club - Season 2022 / 2023
Match Report(s) and Pictures

Ashfield 1 Petershill 0 - Pre-Season Friendly - Wednesday 13th July 2022 - Kick-Off 7pm - Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow

It was the start of a new era at Ashfield with the new Management Team of Michael Oliver & his Assistant Jamie Broadfoot presiding over their first game in charge of the famous Glasgow outfit and it was fitting that their old rivals would be first to visit at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium. A lovely balmy evening and a sizeable crowd welcomed both teams onto the upgraded Saracen turf with the home side sporting their traditional Black and White hoops however the visitors changed from their normal Maroon to an all Blue kit. Referee Wallace got proceedings underway and after the initial play it was evident that there had been a lot of work done on the structure of the home side in training coupled with the performance early on of the Ashfield back four. The `field had four of last Season`s team playing with a further three on the bench and the bulk of the team were made up of many players making the upgrade from Amateur Football and after half an hour looked extremely comfortable at this level. Petershill had been restricted to a few flurries up the field, looking dangerous from set pieces however it was Ashfield who were utilising the flanks well with Johnson and Young testing the `Peasy` full backs and delivering some excellent balls into the middle. The Ashfield midfield were extremely lively and were winning the majority of the ball with Burns and Pirrie `catching the eye`. Chances had been at a premium in the early stages however a couple of headers from corners went narrowly over the Petershill woodwork. On the half hour mark a lovely ball into the Petershill box was met by Sean Doherty and his guided header down beat the Petershill Keeper only to see the ball bounce back of the post before being cleared. The follow up was drilled goalwards and was well saved by the visiting Keeper. It was all Ashfield at this point and a shot from Black missed the upright by inches before another looping shot narrowly missed the goal as the `field finished the half strongly. Petershill did manage a couple of wicked corners which were well defended by the Ashfield back four before Referee Wallace brought proceedings of a very enjoyable first half to a halt.

HT:- ASHFIELD 0 PETERSHILL 0

The second half continued off in the same vein however after an hour mark the visiting substitutes of McPherson and Hepburn began to spark some joy towards the Ashfield goal. Chris Calder had to be alert to a number of balls into the box as the `Peasy` tried to open up the `field back four. The balance of the Ashfield Team remained intact despite a couple of early second half substitutions with young Nicky Dickson and Jonny Howat coming on for the `field with Dean Leverage replacing Quinn at left back for the start of the half. Again chances were at a premium and Ashfield`s best efforts followed set pieces with a couple of promising headers failing to hit the target. Ashfield got an almighty fright with 20 minutes left when Hepburn weaved in an out at the edge of the box before cracking a terrific shot against Calder`s left hand post before being cleared to safety. Further substitutes ensued and it was the home side that finished the Match strongly and following a succession of corners made the breakthrough 5 minutes to go. A long throw in from the left by Dean Leverage was glanced goalwards by Sean Docherty with Ashfield substitute Fraser Sheridan being the first to react as he volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to the delight of the home support. Ashfield 1 Petershill 0. The goal sparked a reaction from the visitors however the Ashfield back four who were immense throughout the game managed to cope with everything that was thrown at them before the Referee blew for full time and signalled a first victory and a Premiership `scalp` for the new Ashfield Management Team. It`s onto new boys West Park Utd this Saturday before games against Port Glasgow, Girvan & Newmains Utd before the Season starts in earnest on Saturday 30th July 2022 at home to Craigmark Burntonians.

FT:- ASHFIELD 1 PETERSHILL 0

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, C Leverage, Quinn, Mulvay, S Doherty, M McManus, Johnson, Burns, Black, Pirrie and Young. Subs D Leverage, Howat, Chalmers, F Sheridan, N Dickson and Sinclair

Man of the Match:- Ashfield`s No 8 Burns

Attendance:- 100

Photos by:- Inga Murray - https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA1dwA

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Ashfield 2 Port Glasgow 2 - Pre-Season Friendly - Wednesday 20th July 2022 - K.O.7pm - Peugeot Ashfield Stadium.

It is always a very competitve encounter when Ashfield play Port Glasgow and last night`s friendly certainly did not disappoint. An enthralling Match, which fizzled out towards the end due to the number of substitutions, was an extremely good work-out for both teams as they build for the League Campaign which starts at the end of the Month. Port Glasgow entered the Saracen turf in their away strip of all bright yellow with the `field playing in their tradional Black and White hoops and Referee Jamie Wilkie started the Match slightly later due to players being held up in the traffic congestion. It was Ashfield that held the upper hand early on with Black and Burns `bossing` the Midfield area and upfront however the `Undertakers` were well organised at the back. Again, as in last Wednesday`s win v Petershill, the home side were getting joy down the flanks and were delivering some excellent balls into the middle. Ashfield took the lead on the 13th Minute when Black picked up the ball 20 yards out at the edge of the box and drove a left foot shot through a ruck of players and in at the Keeper`s near post to put the `field ahead. An excellent strike from the Ashfield Centre.  Ashfield 1 Port Glasgow 0. Ashfield should have increased their lead 5 minutes later when a lovely curling corner delivered by Pirrie found Young on the 6 yard line however his downward header missed the goalframe by inches. A couple of dangerous break aways from the visitors kept Sean Doherty and Connor Beedham busy at the back before Ashfield agonizingly missed an opportunity on the half hour mark. Again it was a ball delivered into the near post by Pirrie that found young Connor Beedham glide away from his marker to glance a header off the inside of the far post and was scrambled to safety. James Marr was the first person to fall foul of Referee Wilkie after his 3rd foul of the half and the subsequent free-kick narrowly missed the Ashfield upright as the half finished finely poised.

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HT:- ASHFIELD 1 PORT GLASGOW 0

The second half started in the same vein with the home side looking to add to their tally however as the half wore on it was the visitors that looked extremely lively initially with shots from around the 20 yard mark. Just as both teams started to make some changes to their line up, the `field got their second goal slightly against the run of play. A ball was played into the middle with Burns being the first to react driving the loose ball home for his first Ashfield goal. Ashfield 2 Port Glasgow 0. The visitors did not let this affect them and within 10 minutes had pulled a goal back couresy off a 20 yard curling effort which gave Chris Calder in the Ashfield goal no chance. Ashfield 2 Port Glasgow 1. It was `game on` now and it was Ashfield that were hitting Port Glasgow on the break with Nicky Dickson, Johnny Black & Jonny Howat leading the offensive line. The `field had the ball in the net but was ruled out for offside before the visitors levelled the scoring with 20 minutes to go. A shot from the edge of the box took a couple of deflections on the way in leaving Calder with no chance to the delight of the travelling support. Ashfield 2 Port Glasgow 2. The pendulum swung again this time for the home side with the `field finishing the Match strongly. Firstly with 8 minutes left on the clock, substitute and `goal hero` from last week Fraser Sheridan picked the ball up fully 22 yards out before delivering a terrific right foot shot which cannoned back off the inside of the post and was scrambled to safety and with 5 minutes left on the clock young Nicky Dickson was played through on the right hand side and from an acute angle drove the ball against the post with the Port Keeper beaten. A very good work out for both clubs with many positives to take from the game. Ashfield head down to Hamilton Park, Girvan on Saturday before welcoming Newmains Utd to Saracen Park on the 27th before the big `kick-off` on the 30th July 2022.

FT:- ASHFIELD 2 PORT GLASGOW 2

Ashfield`s Team:- Calder, C Leverage, D Leverage, Doherty, Beedham, Marr, Johnson, Burns, Black, Pirrie and Young. Subs:- McGoldrick, Howat, Chalmers, Sheridan, McManus and Dickson.

Man of the Match:- Ashfield`s No 9 Johnny Black.

Attendance:- 65

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Ashfield 2 Craigmark Burntonians 3 , Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow - West of Scotland League Division 2 - Saturday 30th July 2022 - Kick-Off 2pm.

All the work and preparations in Pre-Season finally culminated in the opening West of Scotland Division 2 League game of the Season and it was Ashfield who welcomed South Ayrshire Team Craigmark Burntonians and their supporters to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium on a brilliantly sunny day. Expectations were high for both teams and after the first 5-10 minutes you could see what was at stake with neither side giving an inch, especially in the Midfield area of the park. A good crowd was in attendance and both teams were playing in their traditional strips. Chances were at a premium in the early stages however the visitors did have a couple of early corners which caused some alarm in the home defence. The home side were keen to play their normal passing game at this stage however the visitors were closing down the `field at every opportunity with the `field being restricted to set pieces for any chances during this period. Pirrie and Burns in the Midfield berth (Trialist A & B) were spreading the ball to the flanks well and any joy for the home side was via this route with a number of resultant corners being well defended. Just after the half hour mark, the visitors made the breakthrough and was symptomatic of the pressure they were putting on the `field. Beedham and Doherty were closed down quickly at the back and when Chris Calder miscued his clearance the `field knew they were in trouble with the ball breaking to Ryan Connolly following a block by the Ashfield Keeper and from 22 yards out, the young Burntonian winger lashed the ball high past the Ashfield defence and into the net to the roar of the travelling support. Ashfield 0 Craigmark Burntonians 1. Ashfield upped the tempo until Half time with `no quarter given` and the `field were becoming frustrated with overhitting the ball and with some of the Refereeing decisions. As the half was brought to a close you could sense that the supporters would be in for all action second half.                        

 

 

HT:-ASHFIELD 0 CRAIGMARK BURNTONIANS 1

As expected the game came alive and began to `open up` in the second half with both teams having a `real go` at each other. Ashfield were now against the wind this half and this seemed the work out better as they began to build up some pressure on the visitors. The game `turned on it`s head` in 4 second half minutes. On the 53rd Minute, the `field were awarded a free kick after Black was brought down and from 22 yards out Ashfield midfielder Jordan Pirrie curled the ball into the top corner of the net to the delight of the home support. The Keeper was given no chance and it was now `game on`. Ashfield 1 Craigmark Burntonians 1. The Ayrshire team were still `dusting themselves down`after conceding when the ball was played through to Craig Young and as the big Ashfield winger advanced into the box he was upended by Craigmark defender Fraser Smith with Referee Alastair Taylor having no hesitation in pointing to the spot and also producing a straight Red Card to the defender. Jordan Pirrie stepped up and drove the ball low and hard passed the despairing arms of the Burntonian Keeper to put Ashfield ahead. Ashfield 2 Craigmark Burntonians 1. To the visitors credit they did not let this setback affect them and pushed Ashfield strong in a bid to get back into the Match & within 2 minutes they were level. As in the first half the `field were not allowed to play the ball out from the back and after possession was lost the ball was picked up on the edge of the box by Ryan Connolly who swivelled before despatching a left foot drive into Chris Calder`s left hand side of the net to the delight of the travelling support. Ashfield 2 Craigmark Burntonians 2. Ashfield will be disappointed at not holding onto the precious lead earned especially against 10 men and it was the visitors that had their `tails up` now. The `field were given a warning with 20 minutes left when a ball into the box was met by a Burntonian striker and his header crashed off the underside of the bar before being cleared to safety. As the clock ticked towards full time, Ashfield were given a great chance to win the match when young Dean Leverage was played through however his angled shot was brilliantly stopped by the advancing Burntonian Keeper. To make matters worse the ball was then played up to just outside the Ashfield box and was gathered by Ryan Connelly, who after winning, then controlling the ball then made room for himself just inside the box before driving the ball low and hard past Chris Calder to win the match for the visitors. Ashfield 2 Craigmark Burntonians 3.  A sore one for the `field to take as Referee Taylor brought proceedings to a close shortly after and it was a case of `what might have been`. The `field will probably play worse and win this Season however credit must also go to Craigmark for never giving up even when down to 10 men and also to Ryan Connelly for his three goal salvo. It`s a trip down to Muirkirk next Saturday for the `field.

FT:- ASHFIELD 2 CRAIGMARK BURNTONIANS 3

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, D Leverage, A Quinn, S Doherty, C Beedham, J Bradley, F Sheridan, Trialist, J Black, Trialist and C Young. Subs:- J Mulvey, Trialist (GK), J Marr, G Chalmers, D Leverage, J Dickson and Trialist.

Man of the Match:- A number of very good performances from players in the Black and White hoops yesterday, however Jordan Pirrie kept foraging forward at every opportunithy and was rewarded with two very good goals in the second half.

Attendance:- 100

Video Link for Goals:- https://youtu.be/XlcGkjs5Yn0 (Again Many thanks to Davie Brown in this regard)

 

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Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 7 , West of Scotland League Division 2, Burnside Park, Muirkirk - Saturday 6th August 2023 - Kick-Off 2pm.

A cool blustery day welcomed both teams onto the lush pitch at Burnside Park for the 2nd League game of the Season. Both teams acquitted themselves well last week however with different results and as always between these two teams a tough 90 Minutes was in store. Muirkirk were in their traditional blue strip with Ashfield changing to their away strip of Red & Grey as Referee Jamie Andrews got things going. The home side, buoyed by their 4 goal salvo at Maryhill started the brightest forcing a couple of early corners which were well defended and also had a half chance after 5 minutes ensuring Chris Calder in the Ashfield goal was on form. As the half progressed the `field`s midfield started to win more of the possession bringing the wide players of Barr and Young into play coupled with some excellent back up from the attacking full-backs. Tackling was very competitive but fair and both teams were determined to get a stranglehold on proceedings. Ashfield`s Jonny Black up front was causing a lot of problems to the Kirk back four with his hold up play and Ashfield had two chances which narrowly went past the post before eventually they took the lead on the 22nd minute mark. Greg Burns had been everywhere in the game and following a quick free kick, he evaded a couple of tackles before letting fly from 20 yards out. The ball swerved in the air deceiving the `Kirk keeper and he could only get a hand to hit as the ball lashed into the corner of the net to the delight of the travelling support. Muirkirk 0 Ashfield 1. A great start for Ashfield and it was imperative that they held onto this lead however within 2 minutes the home side were awarded a penalty after a handball claim at the back post. Chris Calder made a tremendous double save before the ball was forced home by Duddy to level the scores. Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 1. A blow for the `field after starting so well however the Glasgow outfit did not let this affect them and they stepped up a gear with the the midfield and forwards pinning the `Kirk defence back. A Lovely move down the left on the half hour mark saw Craig Young whip in a left foot cross with Jonny Black coming in behind his marker to guide the ball into the corner of the net to put the `field ahead. Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 2. The delight was there to see and within a minute a terrific left foot effort from Bobby Barr (Trialist) narrowly missed the bottom left hand post. however the Ashfield faithful did not have long to wait as following a short pass-back the ball was intercepted by Jonny Black again and the Ashfield Centre rounded the Keeper before drilling the ball low and hard past the defender and into the net to put the `field further ahead. Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 3. It was important for Ashfield not to concede before HT despite the pressure from the home side and this they did as Referee Andrews brought this entertaining tussle to a halt.

HT:- MUIRKIRK 1 ASHFIELD 3

The visitors were expecting an early onslaught from their hosts however this did not materialise as the `field took control of the proceedings and wrapped up the Match in spectacular fashion with some terrific play on the break coupled with some good defending. Ashfield almost increased their lead after 50 minutes but were denied with an offside decision but the travelling support did not have long to wait as a terrific move down the right saw Barr whip in an inch perfect cross for an onrushing Craig Young who bulleted his header past the Muirkirk keeper to increase the `field`s lead. Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 4. The big Ashfield striker was delighted with his goal and within 5 minutes was celebrating again following another mazy run from Greg Burns and a wicked shot which the Keeper did well to parry however it was Young who reacted quickest guiding the ball into the net for Ashfield`s fifth. Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 5. To the home side`s credit they kept battling on and were trying to close down the Ashfield back four at every opportunity. The `field made a couple of substitutions bringing on Greg Chalmers, Nicky Dickson and Fraser Sheridan at this stage and it was the latter who made an immediate impact. A tremendous build up saw the ball played down the right flank with Colin Leverage eventually drilling the ball low and hard to the far post for an onrushing Sheridan and with his first touch of the game drove the ball low and hard into the net. A wonderful team goal and the `field were really turning on the style at this stage. Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 6. The home defence were not given any respite and when the ball was lost in possession further up the park, the `field swarmed forward at every opportunity. Ashfield`s seventh goal was again started on the right with the ball finding Sheridan again in the box and the young striker finished well leaving the Keeper with no chance. Muirkirk 1 Ashfield 7. To make matters worse for the home side they lost their midfielder for two very quick bookings. Referee Andrews brought proceedings to a close shortly after with the plaudits heading the way of the Glasgow Team. Muirkirk put a lot into the Match and will be a force this season as they had a number of good players on show. The `field welcome another Ayrshire Team next Saturday in Maybole to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium where they will be looking to carry on their excellent form.

FT:- MUIRKIRK 1 ASHFIELD 7

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, C Leverage (Capt), A Quinn, S Doherty, C Beedham, J Bradley, G Burns, J Pirrie, J Black, Trialist and C Young. Subs:- G Chalmers, J Marr, D Leverage, F Sheridan, N Dickson and Trialist.

Man of the Match:- Greg Burns

Attendance:- 76

More Photos of Match by:- Inga Murray - https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA23pk

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Ashfield 5 Maybole 5, West of Scotland League Division 2 - Saturday 13th August 2022 - Kick-Off 2pm - Peugeot Ashfield Stadium.

The recent history of high scoring encounters between Ashfield and Maybole continued at a sweltering Saracen Park yesterday with both teams producing some terrific attacking play however when the `dust settles` it will be Ashfield who will be `kicking themselves` as to how they let a 3 goal lead slip between their grasp in the final 20 minutes of the game. It is a difficult one to analyize, whether it was the heat, great attacking play from Maybole or poor defending from the home side however one thing`s for sure is that the new Management Team will be looking to address this after already making a big impact in the early stages of the Season. That is now 14 goals scored in 3 League games for Ashfield and there has been many missed chances in these games also which augurs well and excites for the Season ahead.
As for yesterday`s game, it was a brilliant spectacle for the neutral as both teams `set about` each other from the Kick off. As the crowd was still coming in, the first `roar` of the game came from the visiting support as Maybole took advantage of some hesitant Ashfield defending to finish well. Ashfield 0 Maybole 1. This gave Ashfield a `jolt` and within 5 minutes were level courtesy of probably `Goal of the Season`. The `field were awarded a free -kick just inside their own half which was taken by Jordan Pirrie. The Ashfield midfielder tried his luck and launched the ball goalwards which sailed into the back of the Maybole net to the delight of the home support. A remarkable goal. Ashfield 1 Maybole 1. It was `game on` now and both teams were certainly competitive in the middle of the park with Referee Robert Thomson being kept busy. On the 13th minute a lovely move down the left hand side saw Craig Young and Bobby Barr link up with each other and a lovely `one-two` saw Barr evade his markers driving the ball low and hard past the advancing Maybole Keeper to put the `field ahead. A lovely worked goal. Ashfield 2 Maybole 1. The `field had their tails up now and Pirie and Burns were dominating proceedings in the middle of the park. Burns was next to try an effort after making room for himself 22 yards out. His left foot driven shot sailed past the Maybole Keeper and cannoned back off the post before being scrambled clear. Another couple of moves saw Ashfield almost increase their lead although the visitors looked dangerous on their forays up the park too. As the Referee brought proceedings to a halt slighthly later due to the first `water breaks` I can recall at Saracen Park, the crowd knew that there was a lot to happen in the second half.

HT:- ASHFIELD 2 MAYBOLE 1

The opening 20 minutes of the second half had everything and at times it was difficult to keep up with the scoring. Both teams deserve enormous credit considering the sweltering conditions and every goal scored seemed better than the previous. Anyway it was the home side that made the early breakthrough after a lovely ball was played over the left back of Maybole with Jonny Black being first to react as he broke clear of the visiting defence. Just as the Keeper advanced, the Ashfield Centre forward guided the ball into the far corner of the net to the delight of the home support. Ashfield 3 Maybole 1. The home side were confident now and were breaking forward at every opportunity however within a couple of minutes were `pegged back`following a free kick to Maybole. As Chris Calder in the Ashfield goal set up his wall, it was the `bole Centre half who whipped the ball round it at the near post side deceivng the Ashfield Keeper as it crept in at the corner to pull a goal back for the visitors. Ashfield 3 Maybole 2. Ashfield continued to swarm forward and again with about an hour on the clock they scored a terrific team goal starting with some excellent play down the left hand side which was played in by Burns and Young with a lovely cut back to Greg Burns who finished with aplomb as the `field increased their lead again. Ashfield 4 Maybole 2. Shortly after and it was five, A terrific move again ensued down the left hand side with Burns and Black being the provider to young Craig Young who scored his 3rd goal of the Season leaving the Maybole Keeper with no chance. Ashfield 5 Maybole 2. Surely that would be the points secure now for the home side with 20 minutes remaining on the clock. Well `no` was the answer as the visitors staged a remarkable `comeback` starting with a second bookable offence for Ashfield`s Captain Colin Leverage who was extremely unlucky as the ball hit his arm. From the resultant award the visitors reduced the deficit courtesy of some hesitant defending. Ashfield 5 Maybole 3. The visitors sensed there could be something on and with 12 minutes left on the clock they were awarded a corner down at the Springburn end of the Ground and as the Kick was partially cleared, it fell to a Maybole midfielder who took the ball down before volleying the ball into the top corner of Chris Calder`s net to the roar of their support. Ashfield 5 Maybole 4. The `field tried to `stem the tide`however were finding it difficult to clear their lines properly and following a couple of long throw-in`s, the team from Ayrshire got their reward following a bit of a `stramash` in the penalty box with the ball being finally driven home. The scenes were there to see as the players and Management Team celebrated wildly at the corner as the Ashfield players held their heads. Ashfield 5 Maybole 5.  A number of substitutions were made and things became a bit tousy for a while which carried on as Referee Thomson blew for `time up`. Ashfield`s Mulvey and the Maybole Manager became embroiled in some `afters` resulting in the Ashfield player being given two yellow cards however this shouldn`t hide the fact that this had been a very entertaining game of Football. As everyone `cooled` down , it was difficult to capture all the events but the statistics will show that in the last 4 games between Ashfield and Maybole there have been 36 goals scored which must be some sort of record (5-5, 4-1, 6-5 and 7-3).

FT:- ASHFIELD 5 MAYBOLE 5

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, C Leverage, A Quinn, J Mulvay,  S Doherty, J Marr, Trialist, G Burns, J Black, J Pirrie and C Young. Subs:- J Bradley, F Sheridan, G Chalmers, D  Leverage, C Beedham, Johnson and Sinclair.

Man of the Match:- It was certainly an `end to end` affair yesterday with Jordan Pirrie involved in all things positive for Ashfield and scoring a `wonder` goal from inside his own half and deserves this week`s award.

Attendance:- 50

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Glasgow University 1 Ashfield 2 , West of Scotland League Division 2 - Friday 19th August 2022 - Kick Off 8pm - Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie.

This was only the third time the teams have met and we go back to December 2020 for Ashfield`s last trip to the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie when an entertaining 3-3 was played out. Both teams were keen to make amends for being the victims of `comebacks` last week with the `field having to settle for a draw at home to Maybole, whilst Glasgow University were 2-0 up before going down 3-2 at Lochburn Park, Maryhill.

Playing at the `highest` ground in Scottish League Football both teams set off the Match at great pace and it was the visitors who held the upper hand in the early stages with the hosts happy to utilise their pace on the counter attack. Both flanks were being fully utilised by Ashfield and Sinclair on the right and Quinn and Barr were having success in getting the balls into the box which on the whole were well defended. Chances were at a premium and the `field were restricted to some long range shooting to try and break down a resolute University defence. Chris Calder in the Ashfield goal also had to look lively with some difficult balls being played into the box. The Match was played in good spirit despite the competitive nature of the game with Referee Taylor happy to let the game flow. It was Ashfield that finally made the breakthrough on the 27th minute after a loose ball on the edge of the box was controlled by Bobby Barr and the Ashfield Midfielder drove the ball into the roof of the net with the aid of a slight deflection to the delight of the travelling supporters. Glasgow University 0 Ashfield 1. A well deserved goal for Ashfield on the balance of play as they searched in vain for a second however despite the frantic end to end nature of the Match there were not many further chances for either side as the half ended with the `field ahead.

HT:- GLASGOW UNIVERSITY 0 ASHFIELD 1

The home side upped the tempo in the second half and really took the game to Ashfield for the opening 20 minutes of the half and the `field had to be at their best defensively to keep the University at bay. Doherty and Beedham were working tirelessly at the back with special mention also to James Marr who managed to break down many of the home side moves. It was the `field`s turn now to hit on the break and a lovely move on the hour mark saw Bobby Barr drive clear of his marker only to see his left foot shot well saved by the University Keeper. The game became a bit bogged down in Midfield for a period and just as Ashfield thought that they had `weathered the storm`the home side equalised. A rather fortunate free kick was awarded 25 yards out to Glasgow University and the right back curled in a terrific effort directly leaving Calder no chance in the Ashfield goal. Glasgow University 1 Ashfield 1. A terrific effort from the lad and it was now `game on`. The `field were enforced into a substitute as Barr was replaced by `trialist` Gordon Young and the pendulum started to swing towards Ashfield with the visitors finding their passing game and started to stretch the University back four. A couple of cross balls were well defended before the `field got their reward with 18 minutes left. A lovely ball played in from the left was played to the far post and it was Fraser Sheridan who was first to react, swivelling and driving a low shot in at the near post to put the `field ahead. Glasgow University 1 Ashfield 2. A terrific finish from the Ex-Harestanes Striker and the `field gained confidence from this and played some lovely football out of defence. With 8 minutes left on the clock, the `field had a terrific chance to put the game `to bed`. With everyone `well marked` James Marr picked the ball up at the edge of the box and drove at the University defence initially evading a couple of tackles however was cruelly brought down before he could get a shot away with Referee Taylor having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Fraser Sheridan took the Kick and placed the ball well however the Uni Keeper made a terrific save down to his right and the Match was still in the balance. The `field held onto the ball for long spells however in the 92nd Minute, the home side were awarded another free-kick this time only 20 yards out. As Chris Calder arranged his wall everyone knew that this was the last chance of the Match and to the relief of the visiting supporters the Uni right back was not as accurate this time and the ball sailed over the bar with Referee Taylor bringing the game to a halt shortly after. A great victory for Ashfield and deserved over the 90 minutes and especially as they were without a couple of players out through suspension, injury and holiday.

FT:- GLASGOW UNIVERSITY 1 ASHFIELD 2

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, Sinclair, A Quinn, S Doherty, C Beedham, J Marr, B Barr, G Burns, J Black, F Sheridan and C Young. Subs:- Trialist, N Dickson, G Chalmers, Burgon and Rafferty.

Man of the Match:- Some excellent performances for Ashfield last night however Connor Beedham put in a solid performance against pacy opponents, linking in with his team mates extremely well and making the jump from U20 Football to First Team without any fuss.

Attendance:- 50

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Buchanhaven Hearts 0 Ashfield 3 , Saturday 27th August 2022 - Kick-Off 2.30pm - Raemoss Park, Peterhead. Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round.

A lovely day greeted Ashfield to Scotland`s major fishing port and a first game against our hosts Buchanhaven Hearts. Raemoss Park was in very good condition as both teams entered the pitch to a minute`s silence for the sad passing of Ex-Hearts player Dougal Summers. The game started off with neither team allowing each other time to settle on the ball before being closed down. Ashfield were looking to build from the back however the Hearts forwards were working hard at closing down the `field and it wasn`t until the `field started to fully utilise the flanks with Quinn on the left and Sinclair on the right that the visitors began to see some joy. A number of corners were whipped in with pace by Ashfield however were well defended by the Hearts defence. The game was played in good spirit and the Referee did not need to utilise his Cards for most of the game. After 20 minutes Aiden Quinn went on a mazy run down the left hand side before cutting in & playing the ball to Burns who tested the Hearts Keeper. As the game started to get `boiled down` in Midfield, Ashfield made the breakthrough on 35 minutes. Lovely link up play between Barr and Sinclair saw the latter whip in a cross to the onrushing Craig Young who`s header flew past the Hearts keeper and into the back of the net to the delight of the travelling Ashfield contingent. Buchanhaven Hearts 0 Ashfield 1. The `field tried to go further in front in the next 10 minutes however some good defending from the home side ensured it was the narrowest of margins at half time.

HT:- BUCHANHAVEN HEARTS 0 ASHFIELD 1

The second half started in the same vein as the first as both sides made it difficult for each other. The `field were keen to get the second goal and get some breathing space however as the half wore on you could see the home side growing in confidence. A couple of last ditch tackles ensured the `field would not breakthrough the hard working defence. On the hour mark a lovely move involving Bobby Barr saw the Ex-Livingston, Raith Rovers etc.. winger drill a shot narrowly past the Hearts upright before Fraser Sheridan drove narrowly over shortly after. The `field were given a warning on the 65th Minute with a shot which hit the side netting before getting the all important goal in the 71st Minute. Ashfield were awarded a corner on the far left hand side which was whipped in to the penalty spot area and saw Sean Doherty bullet a header into the roof of the net to the delight of the Management, players and Ashfield contingent to effectively seal the tie. Buchanhaven Hearts 0 Ashfield 2. A number of substitutions were made and it was Ashfield that looked like increasing their lead and It took until the last minute which saw Bobby Barr pick up a through ball before advancing on the Hearts Keeper and lashing the ball home. Buchanhaven Hearts 0 Ashfield 3. As the Referee brought proceedings to a close the `field knew they had been in a game on this warm afternoon in Aberdeenshire. The `field now head to Premiership Team Cumnock in the next round on the 24th September 2022. We would like to thank Buchanhaven Hearts again for their warm hospitality and wish them well for the Season ahead.

FT:- BUCHANHAVEN HEARTS 0 ASHFIELD 3

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, R Sinclair, A Quinn, J Mulvay, S Doherty (Capt), J Marr, B Barr, G Burns, J Black, F Sheridan and C Young. Subs:- J Bradley, G Young, C Leverage and L Johnson.

Man of the Match:- A workmanlike performance from the `field against awkward opponents who worked tirelessly however Ashfield`s back four did not give much room at all to the Hearts forwards and Sean Doherty won every ball in the air including the vital 2nd goal.

Attendance:- 48

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Ashfield 3 Kilsyth Rangers 1 , West of Scotland League Division 2 - Saturday 3rd September 2022 - Kick Off 3pm at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow.

The Kick-Off was put back an hour to try and boost the Crowd and avoid clashing with the televised coverage of the `Old Firm` game as both teams entered the Saracen Park pitch at 3pm to a minute`s silence for the passing of Ex-Ashfield player Jim Beattie. The game started slowly and like the overcast conditions the first 20 minutes was rather dull with both teams testing each other out. Both teams were knocking the ball about well in the tight confines of Saracen Park however chances were at a premium in the early stages. The game began to open up after 20 minutes and Ashfield were getting a lot of joy down the left hand flank and following a quick throw-in on the left Fraser Sheridan broke clear of his marker before delivering an excellent ball into the six yard box to an onrushing Jim Mulvey who guided the ball passed the Rangers Keeper and into the net to the delight of the home support. Ashfield 1 Kilsyth Rangers 0. The `field all of a sudden came to life and Jordan Pirrie tested the keeper with a fierce free-kick however the ball broke off the keeper to Jonny Black & the normally reliable Centre forward dragged his effort wide. The visitors then had a lovely couple of moves and should have been level on the half hour mark following a mazy run down the left hand side saw the ball played across to a Rangers forward who flicked the ball goalwards beating Calder in the Ashfield goal only to see Aiden Quinn on the line who managed to clear the ball. Kilsyth had a valuable `weapon in their armoury` with the Rangers Centre half being able to launch a throw in right into the Ashfield six yard box however these on the whole were well defended by the home defence with Calder also saving well from a long Shields free-kick. The game, despite being really competitive, was a clean affair and Referee Josh Hay did not require to dish out punishment during the first half.

HT:- ASHFIELD 1 KILSYTH RANGERS 0

Ashfield picked up the pace in the second half and put in an excellent 45 minutes ensuring the points stayed at Saracen Park. The Midfield battle was now being won by Ashfield and Pirrie and Bradley were winning their far share of the ball and bringing the forwards into play. On the 64th minute a lovely through ball found Jonny Black get away from his marker and as the Rangers Keeper advanced he volleyed the ball into the corner of the net to the delight of the home support. A terrific finish for his 4th goal of the campaign. Ashfield 2 Kilsyth Rangers 0. The visitors were not out of it and responded well however the Ashfield defence were on form in the 2nd half and restricted the Rangers to some long range shots. Both teams made a couple of substitutions however as the home side looked to consolidate and see the game out, the visitors were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out with 10 minutes to go. Martin Shields , who had tested Chris Calder earlier in the game drove the free kick into the proverbial `postage stamp`to ensure a nerve wracking last 10 minutes for the home side. Ashfield 2 Kilsyth Rangers 1. Despite the boost of a goal it was the `field that were carving out the opportunities and got their reward as the clock ticked towards the 90th minute when a break out of defence by Craig Young saw Jonny Black pick up the ball on the left flank before running at the Rangers defence, cutting in and lashing the ball with the aid of a slight deflection into the back of the net to seal the points for the `field. Ashfield 3 Kilsyth Rangers 1. A great goal to cap off a very good second half performance from Ashfield. Referee Josh Hay brought proceedings to a close shortly after as the `field move into 3rd Place now. It`s Cup action again next week before the `field resume League duties on the 17th September at Beltane Park, Wishaw.

FT:- ASHFIELD 3 KILSYTH RANGERS 1

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, R Sinclair, A Quinn, J Mulvey, J Marr, J Bradley, F Sheridan, G Young, J Black, J Pirrie and C Young. Subs:- M Stewart (GK), C Leverage, O McGoldrick, G Burns and L Johnson.

Man of the Match:- Some excellent performances in the Black and White hoops today. Special mention to Ryan Sinclair & Joe Bradley  good performances however Jonny Black capped off a fine display with 2 wonderful goals to seal the points.

Attendance:- 85

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Wishaw 0 Ashfield 4 , Beltane Park, Wishaw - Saturday 17th September 2022 - Kick-Off 2pm. West of Scotland 2nd Division

This was Ashfield`s first visit to Wishaw since a 0-0 draw in 2014 and both teams entered the Pitch on a lovely late summer afternoon with the home side playing in their all-Black Kit with the `field changing to their away strip of Red and Grey.

The game started off well and the initial phase of the Match saw both teams trying to gain control of vital areas in the park which made for an entertaining encounter with the game swinging from end to end. Chances were at a premium despite the number of corners had however there was a lot of good football on show with the Referee also keen to keep the game flowing. The home side were given a warning on the half hour mark as a lovely move down the right flank saw Ryan Sinclair drill a low ball across the 6-yard box however Greg Burns was unable to convert with the goal gaping. This spurred on the `field and the visitors made the breakthrough in the 39th minute with a shot from the edge of the box from Centre half Jim Mulvey which gave the Wishaw Keeper no chance. A great finish. Wishaw 0 Ashfield 1. The `field then `stepped up a gear` and blew the home side away with a further 2 goals before the interval. A mazy run from Craig Young saw the Ashfield winger eventually tackled however the ball was won back and played inside to Bobby Barr who evaded a tackle on the edge of the box before drilling a low and hard shot passed the Wishaw Keeper to put Ashfield 2-0 ahead to the delight of the travelling support. Wishaw 0 Ashfield 2. The `field continued to press forward at every opportunity and on the stroke of half time increased their lead following a lovely move on the right side which saw the ball played into the box finding an onrushing Jonny Black who guided the ball into the corner of the net to complete an excellent individual performance from the Ashfield Centre forward. Wishaw 0 Ashfield 3. The Referee brought first half proceedings to a halt shortly after.

HT:- WISHAW 0 ASHFIELD 3

The home side were determined to try and rectify matters early in the second half and try and reduce the deficit however it was Ashfield that went further ahead on the 47th minute. The `field were awarded a free kick on the left-hand side which was whipped in by Bobby Barr finding the head of Jim Mulvey and his downward header gave the Wishaw keeper no chance for his 3rd goal in 2 games. Another great finish from the Ashfield Centre half. Wishaw 0 Ashfield 4. This left the home side with a `mountain to climb` however to their credit they never gave up and foraged forward at every opportunity playing some nice football. This made the game open again and the `field were hitting the home side on the break on a regular basis. Jonny Black saw two curling efforts well saved by the Wishaw Keeper before Chris Calder ensured a clean sheet for the `field with a wonderful one handed save from the Wishaw left-back. A number of substitutions were made ensuring some valuable `game time` for some of the Ashfield players and the `field headed back to Glasgow with a valuable 3 points and ensured they remained in one of the promotion places in 3rd place.  Wishaw played their part in an entertaining encounter and not many teams will find it easy visiting Beltane Park this Season. It`s `Cup duty` for the `field next Saturday as they head down to Ayrshire to play Cumnock in what will be a tough encounter. 

FT:-  WISHAW 0 ASHFIELD 4

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, R Sinclair, A Quinn, J Mulvey, C Beedham, J Marr, B Barr, G Burns, J Black, G Young and C Young. Subs:- D Leverage, G Chalmers, F Sheridan, O McGoldrick, S Doherty, J Bradley and M Stewart (GK). 

Man of the Match:- Most of the Ashfield Team could have won this award this week after a very good display indeed however Jonny Black`s hold up play and attempts at goal, coupled with his goal wins it.

Attendance:- 50

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Cumnock 1 Ashfield 1 , Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round sponsored by Clydeview Home Improvements. Saturday 24th September 2022 - KO 2.30pm - Townhead Park, Cumnock. (Cumnock won 4-2 on Penalties)

It was Ashfield`s first visit to Townhead Park, apart from a recent friendly, since Season 2012-13 and it has never been a `happy hunting` ground for the Glasgow Team over the decades however yesterday`s performance was a continuation of the excellent form the `field have been on recently and culminating in them matching one of the Junior `Giants`. The visitors graced the lush artificial surface sporting their away strip of Red and Grey with the home side playing in an all-Black kit. The Match started off at a great pace and the visitors knew that they would not get much time on the ball before being quickly closed down however were knocking the ball around confidently. This all changed when Cumnock`s first attack resulted in a Goal in the 6th Minute. A lovely ball into the box from the left-hand side found top scorer Jordan Moore `peel away` from his marker taking the ball down and drilling an unstoppable shot passed Chris Calder with the outside of his foot to put the `nock ahead to the delight of their large support. Cumnock 1 Ashfield 0. A blow for the `field however they did not let this affect their play and although the home side were now enjoying a lot of possession, the visitors were restricting the amount of chances the Premiership side were having. The Ashfield back four were playing the ball confidently out and Aiden Quinn and Bobby Barr were linking up well down the left flank and Jonny Black and Ryan Sinclair down the right as the `field started to cause the home side problems. The `field knew they would get chances however had to be patient against an experienced back four. Midway through the half the `field got another warning of the prowess of striker Jordan Moore after he picked up the ball 25 yards out and made some room for himself before driving a shot off the crossbar to the relief of the visiting support.  As the clock ticked towards the 45th minute, Ashfield almost equalised after a terrific move down the right which saw Ryan Sinclair whip the ball into the box for Jonny Black to swivel and shoot goalwards. Unfortunately for Ashfield the ball cannoned off the legs of the `nock Keeper and was scrambled to safety before Referee Timmons brought proceedings to a halt.

HT:- CUMNOCK 1 ASHFIELD 0

The second half opened with the home side shooting into where the bulk of their support were standing and again despite having initially a lot of possession chances were at a premium. A couple of corner kicks caused alarm in the `field`s six yard box however the defence worked extremely hard at clearing their lines. As the half wore on it was the `field that began to get into their stride driving regularly at the `nock defence. Both teams made a couple of changes and Ashfield were not sorry to see Jordan Moore leaving the pitch whilst the `field had to restructure slightly due to the injury to James Marr however with 20 minutes left on the clock the Glasgow outfit should have been level.  A lovely move from midfield saw Bobby Barr play in Fraser Sheridan and the Ashfield Midfielder drove into the box before despatching a low drive which hit the base of the post and was cleared. The visitors now saw their chance and foraged forward at every opportunity however wary of the `nock`s offensive players on the break. The home side were beginning to struggle against the `field`s wide play but still held firm until 8 minutes to go when on the left Bobby Barr whipped the ball into the box for Jonny Black to flick the ball goalwards and the ball sailed past Barclay in the Cumnock goal and into the back of the net to the delight of the travelling support, players and management. A richly deserved equaliser. Cumnock 1 Ashfield 1. Ashfield could sense their opportunity and flooded forward however were frustrated by some of the Refereeing decision namely with a handball shout in the last minute which was waved aside despite the protests. The `field had to deal with a couple of late corners after this before Referee Timmons brought proceedings to a close and a penalty shoot-out to see who would play Thorniewood United or Forres Thistle at home in the 3rd Round.

As it was Cumnock won 4-2 on penalties with some excellent penalties. Joe Bradley and Gordon Young were Ashfield scorers from the spot.

FT:- CUMNOCK 1 ASHFIELD 1 (Cumnock won 4-2 on Penalties)

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, C Leverage, A Quinn, J Mulvey, S Doherty, J Marr, B Barr, G Burns, R Sinclair, J Black and F Sheridan. Subs:- J Bradley, O McGoldrick, G Chalmers, N Dickson, JP Newton, C Beedham and G Young.

Man of the Match:- A very impressive performance from Ashfield, continuing the great work this Season with everyone playing their part against a formidable outfit in Cumnock. The whole Team wins this week`s accolade as everyone contributed to a real team performance - Well done lads and hard luck.

Attendance:- 200

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Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 2 , Saturday 1st October 2022 - West of Scotland League Division 2. Donald Dewar Stadium, Drumchapel, Glasgow - Kick-Off 3pm.

Over the years games between Ashfield and St Anthony`s have always been close affairs (apart from the 2019 encounter when Callum Graham scored 4 in a 6-0 victory for the `field) and today`s encounter was, as expected a hard-fought affair with neither team `giving an inch` with a `share of the spoils` being the eventual outcome. Both teams had suffered the anguish of losing out on penalty kicks to higher league opposition in the Scottish Junior Cup last week and both were keen to put that aside and collect valuable League points. 

The `field had to `shuffle the pack` quite a lot with four of the regular first team squad out due to holidays & illness however after a frantic start to the Match the `field were 2-0 up after 19 minutes. After a `full on` opening spell where Referee Steven Spence let the game flow despite some potential fouls, it was the `field who opened the scoring with their first meaningful attack on 6 minutes. A lovely ball was played into the edge of the box and was knocked down to Craig Young who volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to put Ashfield ahead. Ashfield 1 St Anthony`s 0. A great finish from the Ashfield winger.

This was designated a `home game` for Ashfield however required to be moved due to the Glasgow Tigers Speedway Team being involved in a League `play off` so the Match was switched to the Donald Dewar Stadium in Drumchapel. Following Ashfield`s opener it was the visitors that were on the ascendency with some excellent midfielder endeavour & a number of corner kicks which were on the whole well dealt with by the Ashfield back four. Ashfield had to `tinker` further following an injury to Gordon Young with Brogan Daly making his `second` debut for the Club after a brief spell at Kilbirnie. As Ashfield soaked up the pressure they looked extremely dangerous on the counter attack and on the 19th minute went further ahead when the ball was played to Bobby Barr midway inside the Ants half. The Ex Livingston & Raith Rovers Winger drove at the Ants defence before despatching a wonderful left foot drive which hit the back of the net courtesy of the far post. Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 0. A real blow to the visitors who to their credit foraged forward at every opportunity after this and got their reward 3 minutes later when Martin Mullaney cut in from the left flank before driving goalwards. The ball took a wicked deflection leaving Chris Calder with no chance and it was back to `game on`. Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 1. The visitors were playing with confidence at this stage and Ashfield were struggling to hold the ball up and within five minutes were level courtesy of an uncharacteristic howler from Chris Calder in the Ashfield goal who unfortunately was unable to hold a shot from Tony Hampson and the game was level. Ashfield 2 St Anthony`s 2. The game ebbed and flowed with both teams having their spells on top and it was surprising that as Referee Spence brought proceedings to a halt there had been no bookings in the Match to date.

HT:- ASHFIELD 2 ST ANTHONY`S 2

The autumnal weather had been kind to the Match so far and this continued throughout the 90 minutes as both teams locked horns in an extremely entertaining second half with initially the game going from end to end however as the half wore on it was Ashfield that took control in the last period with a number of chances. The Referee again was kept busy throughout the second half and remained consistent allowing the players a certain degree of `leeway` before eventually having to produce some cards later on. Chances were at a premium in the early stages of the half and following a number of substitutions it was the `field that should have taken advantage of a couple of gilt-edged chances. A lovely move in the 70th minute starting with good initial play by Mulvey and Doherty at the back resulted in an exchange of passes which saw the ball played through to Craig Young and as the Ashfield winger bore down on goal, the normally reliable finisher drove the ball over the cross bar. Next up was young Nicky Dickson who broke through the Ants defence and as the Keeper advanced he curled an effort narrowly passed the far post to the anguish of the home support. As it was the game ended stalemate and despite the loss of points, results elsewhere in the league ensured the `field remained in 3rd place as they look forward to a crunch Match next Saturday at Renfrew.

FT:- ASHFIELD 2 ST ANTHONY`S 2

Ashfield`s Team:-  C Calder, C Leverage, A Quinn, J Mulvey, S Doherty, J Marr, B Barr, G Burns, C Young, G Young and J Bradley. Subs:- G Chalmers, N Dickson, B Daly, C Beedham, M Stewart (GK) and Trialist.

Man of the Match:- A really tough encounter today against the Ants however most of Ashfield`s danger came when Bobby Barr was involved holding the ball up well and utilising his experience to bring his colleagues into play coupled with a tremendous finish for the 2nd goal.

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Renfrew 1 Ashfield 1 , West of Scotland League Division 2 - Saturday 8th October 2022 - Kick-Off 2pm. New Western Park, Renfrew.

A large crowd welcomed Ashfield and the League leaders onto the tidy surroundings of New Western Park as the `field went looking to be the first team this Season to take points off the `frew. The field knew this would be a tough encounter and the build up for Michael Oliver and his Management Team could not have been more difficult with the amount of injuries sustained over the past couple of weeks. As it was Ashfield managed to call on to two of the more experienced U20 Team members in Greg Chalmers and John Borgen (who replaced Owen McGoldrick in the 15th Minute when injured) and these two players put on an excellent show against difficult opponents.

The game was played at a ferocious pace early on and flowed well from end to end with Referee Chris Hughes allowing this. Chances however were at a premium as both defences and Keepers were on good form. Ashfield`s front two of Bobby Barr & Jordan Pirrie were proving a handful for the home defence and in the 24th minute got their reward. A lovely ball was played to the back post where an onrushing Aiden Quinn managed to drive the ball across the face of the goal and it was Jordan Pirrie who was first to react volleying the ball into the roof of the net to the delight of the travelling support. Renfrew 0 Ashfield 1. A great goal and deserved on the balance of play at that stage. The home side upped the tempo and had a succession of corner kicks which were well dealt with by the Ashfield back four. Jordan Pirrie was having an impressive outing holding the ball up well and linking up with Craig Young and Bobby Barr and Ashfield came close to a second when Jordan Pirrie`s 25-yard free kick dipped at the last minute narrowly missing the upright. As Referee Hughes brought proceedings to a halt the crowd knew there would be more twist and turns to come in the second half.

HT:- RENFREW 0 ASHFIELD 1

The home side made a couple of substitutions at the start of the second half and the introduction of Ciaran Diver up front started to cause the field back four some difficulty with his height and movement. Chris Calder had to deal with a couple of shots from outside the box as the home side upped their game. Ashfield on the other hand looked extremely dangerous on the break and almost got their reward on a couple of occasions. As it was the home side began to utilise the flanks to good advantage despite the good defending of Colin Leverage & his fellow colleagues and with 22 minutes left to go levelled the game. A whipped in cross to the Ashfield box from Fraser Barbour was met low down by Ciaran Diver and his angled header saw the ball nestle in the far corner of the net courtesy of the post. Renfrew 1 Ashfield 1. It was `game on` now and the home side had their `tails up` and Ashfield had to defend well. With 12 minutes left on the clock, it was Diver again who met a cross ball and his guided header crashed off the cross bar with his colleagues unable to convert the rebound. A real fright for the `field however the visitors fought back well putting the `frew defence under a bit of pressure also.

There were 5 minutes of injury time played before Referee Hughes brought proceedings to a close and taking the whole Match into account, a draw was the fairest outcome. Both teams can be happy with their performances and Ashfield now have a couple of weeks off League duty as they welcome Thorn Athletic to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium in the South Challenge Cup and Vale of Clyde also at home in the West of Scotland Cup.

FT:- RENFREW 1 ASHFIELD 1

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, C Leverage (Capt), A Quinn, O McGoldrick, J Mulvey, S Doherty, B Barr, G Chalmers, J Pirrie, G Burns and C Young

Subs:- J Bolger, Shields, McLaughlin, Davis, Rafferty and Frame.

Man of the Match - Firstly special mention to the whole team for a very good display. Greg Chalmers and John Bolger made the transition from U20`s Team yesterday and were terrific showing mature performances. A return to the side for Jordan Pirrie, following illness bolstered the attack, holding up the ball well and scoring a terrific goal which wins him the award this week.

Attendance:- 250

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Ashfield 2 Thorn Athletic 0 , Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow - Saturday 15th October 2022 - Kick-Off 2pm. South Challenge Cup 2nd Round.

Ashfield welcomed Thorn Athletic to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium for the first ever meeting between the Teams. The inclement weather in Glasgow during the week and on Saturday morning ensured the park was heavy however taking into the account all the rain it held up well during the 90 minutes. The fixture was the 2nd Round of the South of Scotland Challenge Cup with the visitors buoyed by their performance in the First Round defeating Greenock by 3-0. It was Ashfield`s `Academy Day` and all the respective Academy Teams were in attendance, firstly getting their pictures taken in their new strips and then assisting in the day`s proceedings. As both teams entered the Pitch there was a slight colour clash but not enough to change strips with the visitors playing in all Dark Blue and the `field sporting their new Strip which was darker than the previous one. The game started off slowly with both teams showing respect with defences on top. The `field were keen to knock the ball about however were closed down at every opportunity by Thorn with the Johnstone Team also looking lively up front. Ashfield were forced to make a substitution early on with Bobby Barr being replaced by Fraser Sheridan. As the half wore on it was the home side that began to assert their strength and passing and eventually made the breakthrough on the 31st Minute.

The home side were awarded a Free-Kick 25 yards out and Jordan Pirrie took the award curling the ball around the wall and into the top corner of the net leaving the Thorn Keeper with no chance to the delight of the home support. A great goal from Jordan and that was his 5th Goal of the Season.  Ashfield 1 Thorn Athletic 0. The game swung from end to end after this with some competitive tackling and Ashfield thought they had scored a second goal when a Fraser Sheridan `cut back` saw Jonny Black drill the ball home only to see the goal disallowed for offside. Shortly after Referee Scott McGregor brought proceedings to a halt in the heavy rain and both sets of supporters knew it was going to be an interesting second half.

HT:- ASHFIELD 1 THORN ATHLETIC 0

Chances continued to be at a premium as the game became embroiled in a midfield battle. Jordan Pirrie was at the heart of a lot of Ashfield`s moves linking up well with the flanks with the visitors continuing to close the `field down. Ashfield got a warning that a second goal was vital when Chris Calder had to deal with a powerful shot from the Thorn Centre Forward midway through the half. Both teams made substitutions shortly after with Ashfield giving a debut to U20`s player Miller with Greg Chalmers coming off after another impressive display in Midfield. Eventually after a good number of corners and half chances the `field ensured their name was in the hat for the Third Round with a wonderfully worked goal in the 77th Minute. Jordan Pirrie picked the ball up in Midfield before evading a couple of tackles and playing the ball to Fraser Sheridan who delivered a wonderful ball to the back post with Jonny Black then cutting the ball back for an onrushing Craig Young and the Ashfield winger drove the ball low and hard under the Thorn Keeper to put the `field 2-0 ahead. Ashfield 2 Thorn Athletic 0. The Match petered out after this and as Referee brought proceedings to a close it will be Ashfield that head into Round 3. A valiant effort by Thorn Athletic and we wish them all the best for the remainder of the Season. Next up for the `field is a home tie in the West of Scotland Cup next Saturday (22nd) against in-form Vale of Clyde - 2pm K.O.

FT:- ASHFIELD 2 THORN ATHLETIC 0

Ashfield`s Team:-  C Calder, C Leverage, A Quinn, J Marr, S Doherty, G Chalmers, B Burns, G Burns, J Black, J Pirrie and C Young. Subs:- F Sheridan, M Stewart (GK), JP Newton, J Burgon, Miller, Davis and Shiels.

Man of the Match:- Again some excellent performances in the Black and White hoops however as last week it was Jordan Pirrie that `caught the eye` with an impressive performance and a wonderful first goal.

Attendance:- 100

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Ashfield 4 Vale of Clyde 3, West of Scotland Cup 1st Round sponsored by the Kilmarnock Pie - Saturday 22nd October 2022 at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium - KO 2pm.

This was one of those games that had everything to report on, wonderful goals, controversial refereeing decisions, 3 sending offs, 2 penalties and 7 goals for starters as both teams `locked horns` for the first time since the 2018/19 Season. The `field and the `tin pail` were both in a rich vein of form with the home side on a 10-game undefeated stretch and the visitors fresh from taking the `scalp` of Premier Division Side Petershill in the South Challenge Cup last week. As the teams entered the sodden turf, the `field were sporting their usual Black and White hoops with the visitors in their changed strip of Red and Gold.

The `field still had a couple of players on the sidelines however welcomed back Ryan Sinclair to the right hand side of Midfield as the game started off at a good pace despite the incessant rain. It wasn`t long before the breakthrough was made with the home side taking the early lead courtesy of Frazer Sheridan, who tucked the ball past the advancing Keeper for his 5th Goal of the Season. Ashfield 1 Vale of Clyde 0. The visitors responded well to going behind and the home defence were tested on a number of occasions with Mulvay and Doherty commanding the defence well. Slightly against the run of play, Ashfield were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out and as he has done a number of times this season, Jordan Pirrie lined the ball up. The Ashfield midfielder whipped the ball over the `wall` and into the top corner of the net leaving the Vale keeper no chance. A fantastic goal from Jordan. Ashfield 2 Vale of Clyde 0.

The midfield area was fiercely competitive and the Referee was clamping down on any late tackles with the issue of Cards which would come back to haunt some players. On the half hour mark a lovely move down the right for Vale saw the ball played into the box with the Vale Centre outjumping the `field back four and guided the ball into the roof of the net leaving Chris Calder with no chance. Ashfield 2 Vale of Clyde 1. It was `game on` now however just as Vale were responding to only being a goal down, Ryan Sinclair utilised his pace to `rob` the Vale left back and forage forward into the box and as the forward and defenders jostled for position he played a lovely ball to the back post for an onrushing Fraser Sheridan who drove the ball into the net to put the `field 3-1 up. Ashfield 3 Vale of Clyde 1.

The Vale were furious with themselves and the game boiled over following the award of an Ashfield Free-Kick with the Vale Centre Half receiving a 2nd yellow Card which he was not happy with. As the Match approached the interval more controversy was abound following the awarding of a Penalty Kick to the visitors following the ball being played against the Ashfield Captain Colin Leverage`s arm.

As the `field players appealed in vain the `field Captain was shown a straight Red Card however the penalty kick was brilliantly saved by Chris Calder down to his left to the delight of the home support. As Referee Lewis Sinclair brought proceedings to a halt both sets of supporters knew that this game was far from over.

HT:- ASHFIELD 3 VALE OF CLYDE 1

As the rain kept up it was Ashfield that were defending the Springburn end of the ground as the visitors stepped up the pace in the second half with the `field struggling to make inroads into the visiting defence and as the half wore on the pressure began to mount on the `field especially after 59 minutes when a 25-yard `thunderbolt` found the bottom corner of Chris Calder`s net to the roar of the away support. Ashfield 3 Vale of Clyde 2. It was certainly `game on` now and the visitors changed their formation bringing on further offensive players as they battled hard to salvage the tie. It was played like an old-fashioned Cup tie with no quarter given and Chris Calder had to pull off a couple of good saves low to his left to keep the `field level. With 10 minutes left on the clock, a Vale midfielder found some room around 22 yards out and let go with a shot which sailed past Chris Calder and into the corner of the net to bring the game level. Ashfield 3 Vale of Clyde 3. The home side picked up the pace for a period after this and as the game approached the 90th Minute and the `dreaded` penalties, Jordan Pirrie controlled the ball on the edge of the box before driving at the Vale defence and was brought down with the Referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot.  Pirrie dusted himself down and drove the ball into the net, despite the valiant attempt from the Vale Keeper, to put the `field 4-3 up. Ashfield 4 Vale of Clyde 3. It was still not over and as the game entered the 4th minute of injury time the Vale launched the ball forward and over the Ashfield back four only to see the Ashfield Keeper dive at the feet of the Vale forward and a coming together occurred. It was a great piece of goalkeeping from Chris Calder however the Referee deemed the Vale forward had gone in dangerously and a Red Card was produced to the dismay of the visitors. The Match was brought to an end shortly after and it is Ashfield that will welcome Lugar Boswell to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium in the next round.

FT:- ASHFIELD 4 VALE OF CLYDE 3

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, C Leverage, A Quinn, J Mulvey, S Doherty, R Sinclair, J Bradley, G Burns, J Black, J Pirrie and F Sheridan. Subs:- JP Newton, K Miller, B Barr, C Beedham, M Stewart (GK), N Dickson & G Chalmers.

Man of the Match:- Ashfield had to `dig deep` against a very good Vale of Clyde outfit and at times had to defend extremely well with Jim Mulvay barely putting a foot wrong all afternoon.

Attendance:- 65

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Forth Wanderers 2 Ashfield 3 , Kingshill Park, Forth - Saturday 29th October 2022 - Kick-Off 2pm - West of Scotland League Division 2.

Ashfield continued their long unbeaten run with victory at Kingshill Park yesterday and for the first hour played some very good football on a sodden surface which held the rain well despite the midweek deluge. The home side were also on a good home run with victories over Maryhill and Ardeer Thistle in recent weeks and showed in the last half hour why Kingshill Park is not an easy place to visit.

Referee O`Reilly started the game following a Minute`s silence for life-long Wanderers fan Elizabeth Mitchell who sadly passed away the week before.

The `field were forced into a couple of changes to the team that progressed in the West of Scotland Cup last week however welcomed Dave Leadbetter for his debut at Left back and the defender had a storming first half linking up well with the forward line to great effect.

Both sides started the game on the front foot however chances were at a premium in the early stages and it took until the 25th minute for a breakthrough after the `field had brought out some saves from Halford in the Forth Goal. The `field opened their account following a ball into the middle which found Craig Young make some some space for himself before drilling the ball low and hard into the net to the delight of the travelling support. Forth Wanderers 0 Ashfield 1. That was Craig`s 7th Goal of the Season and he was causing the home side problems with his pace. Forth were dangerous at set pieces with a distinct height advantage however Jim Mulvey marshalled his back four well throughout the opening period with Chris Calder in the Ashfield goal looking confident in his handling and distribution. As the rain poured down there was one further chance that fell to Ashfield before the Referee brought proceedings to a halt and it was a great save from Halford in the Forth Goal with a great stop with his legs from a net bound effort by Greg Burns.

HT:- FORTH 0 ASHFIELD 1

The second half was barely a minute old when the visitors were awarded a free kick on the right-hand side. The award was whipped in by Leadbetter and Connor Beedham was first to react as he glanced the ball onto the far post for an onrushing Greg Burns to bundle the ball past the Forth Keeper to put the `field 2-0 up. A scrappy but important goal for the `field. Forth Wanderers 0 Ashfield 2. Ashfield were knocking the ball about well at this stage and the home side were struggling to forage forward and it came as no surprise that following a lovely move down the left flank the ball was played across the face of the goal by Jonny Black for an onrushing Greg Burns again who got ahead of his markers and drilled the ball low and hard past Halford. Forth Wanderers 0 Ashfield 3.

At this stage the `field were threatening to run away with the score line however football is a `funny old game` and after dominating the first 15 minutes of the second half the game turned on its head following some slack play from Ashfield whilst playing the ball out of defence. The ball was won by substitute Steven Frame and the big forward made room for himself before despatching a shot past the advancing Chris Calder to pull a goal back for the home side. Forth Wanderers 1 Ashfield 3. The `field who had been so dominant found themselves having to deal with `wave after wave` of Forth attacks as full credit to the home side for having a `real go` at the `field back four and with 10 minutes to go got their reward following a corner. The ball was not cleared properly, and it was Darren Walker who pounced on the loose ball to fire through a ruck of players and into the net to the roar of the home support. Forth Wanderers 2 Ashfield 3.

 

It was `game on` now and Ashfield tried to go for a 4th to seal the game however the home side kept pressing forwards and the Ashfield Management Team were forced into bolstering up the Midfield and defence to see out the game. A number of long throw-ins were played into the Ashfield box however were well defended and the relief was there to see when after playing 5 minutes of injury time, Referee O`Reilly brought proceedings to a close in what was a terrific encounter between two good teams and the 100+ crowd were treated to a very sporting Match also. 

FT:- FORTH 2 ASHFIELD 3

Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, A Quinn, D Leadbetter, J Mulvey, C Beedham, J Bradley, F Sheridan, G Burns, J Black, J Pirrie and C Young. Subs:- M Stewart (GK), C Leverage, B Barr, G Chalmers, R Sinclair and J Marr

Man of the Match:- Ashfield were outstanding for the first 60 minutes and had many top performers against difficult opponents however Greg Burns just edges the award this week with two excellent goals and a hard-working afternoon.

Attendance:- 110

Photographs by:- George Deacon 

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Ashfield 3 Maryhill 0, Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow - Saturday 5th November 2022 - K.O. 2pm. West of Scotland League Division 2.

After a morning of rain, the weather cleared up ahead of the first of the `North Glasgow` Derbies this Season and the `field welcomed Maryhill to Saracen Park on League business for the first time since 2014. Ashfield were on an unbeaten run going all the way back to the opening fixture of the Season whilst Maryhill were looking to climb this very competitive League. The game started slowly with both teams finding their feet on the heavy surface and the midfield area seemed rather congested as chances were at a premium. Joe Bradley & Fraser Sheridan were winning more than their fair share of the ball as the `field started to build their attacks down the flanks. Maryhill were also playing some nice football and looked extremely lively coming forward.

 

Following a Maryhill attack, it was the `field that broke quickly on the 21st minute with the ball being played to Jonny Black. The Ashfield Centre turned the visiting defence and lobbed the ball over the `hill Goalkeeper from 22 yards out with the back nestling in the corner of the net to the delight of the home support. A great goal from Jonny. Ashfield 1 Maryhill 0. The `field flooded forward after this however the Maryhill defence were well marshalled and kept the Ashfield attack at bay. A lovely move down the right-hand side with 5 minutes of the first half remaining saw Bobby Barr play the ball across the goalmouth which agonisingly was missed by an onrushing Jonny Black. Tackling had been competitive throughout the half without getting out of hand and as Referee Andrew Bryson brought proceedings to a halt the crowd knew that there would be more `twists and turns` before the outcome was decided.

HT:- ASHFIELD 1 MARYHILL 0

There were no immediate changes to the home side as the `field upped the tempo shooting in to the Possilpark end of the ground. Craig Young was finding some room on the left-hand side and tested the Maryhill keeper on more than one occasion. Fraser Sheridan on the right-hand side almost got on the end of a couple of balls played across however in the 54th minute, the field deservedly increased their lead. A lovely cross-field pass from Bobby Barr found Jonny Black on the left wing with the Ashfield striker driving into the box before cutting the ball back to an onrushing Fraser Sheridan who guided the ball into the net despite the valiant attempt from the `hill keeper. Ashfield 2 Maryhill 0.

Ashfield had their `tails up` now and as Maryhill tried to claw back the deficit the room began to open up for the hosts and on the 62nd minute the `field increased their lead. Again, a lovely through ball, this time from Dave Leadbetter saw Bobby Barr break free of his marker and as the Keeper advanced, the Ashfield midfielder `dinked` the ball over this head and into the back of the net to the delight of the home support. A great finish from Bobby for his 6th Goal of the Season. Ashfield 3 Maryhill 0. To the visitors credit they kept on pushing forward at every opportunity and thought that they were going to get their reward with 10 minutes left on the clock. 

The ball was played against the arm of James Mulvey just inside the box with Referee Bryson having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. A difficult one as the Ashfield Centre half looked to have his arm beside his body and didn`t appear intentional. This is similar to the ongoing debate following some high-profile SPL Matches recently & the interpretation of the rule. The Maryhill attacker lashed the ball goalwards only to see Chris Calder pull off a magnificent save and his 3rd penalty save in a row, following saves at Renfrew and Muirkirk earlier in the Season. Shortly after the miss there followed another debate when another move saw the ball hit the arm of Dave Leadbetter inside the home penalty box however this time the award was not given despite the incident appearing to be more like the rule interpretation. The `hand ball` debate will no doubt be a topical point of discussion as the Season continues. Both teams made a number of substitutions late on and it was good to see some of the U20 squad get some valuable minutes as the `field moved into 2nd position in the League now with a couple of weeks break in the League for some Cup ties starting with the visit of Lugar Boswell Thistle to the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium in the West of Scotland Cup next Saturday.

FT:- ASHFIELD 3 MARYHILL 0

Ashfield`s Team: - C Calder, A Quinn, D Leadbetter, J Mulvey, C Beedham, J Bradley, F Sheridan, G Burns, J Black, B Barr and C Young. Subs:- G Chalmers, M Stewart (GK), K Miller, C Leverage, R Sinclair and J Marr

Man of the Match: - A good all-round Team performance from Ashfield with special mention to Jonny Black for his first goal and making the 2nd however Fraser Sheridan was everywhere today and foraged up & down the Park all day & capped his display off with a fine goal. Special mention for Colin Leverage who came on for his 100th Ashfield appearance - well done Colin - leads by example and a great servant and Captain of Ashfield. 

Attendance:- 75

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Ashfield 4 Lugar Boswell Thistle 1, West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round - Saturday 12th November 2022 - KO 1.30pm - Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, Glasgow.

A break from League action saw the `field welcome Lugar Boswell Thistle for the third time in as many years. Both teams came into the weekend`s fixture in good spirits after their results the previous week and an exciting contest was expected however the Ashfield Management Team had to `tinker` slightly with the line-up due to some injuries sustained. The crowd were still filtering in through the Turnstiles when Ashfield that took an early lead after a good opening with Greg Burns getting himself on the scoresheet for his 5th Goal of the Season. Ashfield 1 Lugar Boswell 0. Not to be deterred the visitors responded very well and continued their form right through the first half, first of all equalising in the 11th minute through Mitchell Ewing. Ashfield 1 Lugar Boswell 1. The game ebbed and flowed for a while with neither team taking control on the heavy pitch however as the half wore in it was the visitors who managed to carve out the best openings and after the half hour mark had managed to hit the woodwork on three separate occasions. Chris Calder was having a good game in the Ashfield goal and made a brilliant double save seven minutes before the break with Jim Mulvey and his defence, ensuring that the `field made it into half time without any further losses. 

HT: - ASHFIELD 1 LUGAR BOSWELL TH. 1

The Ashfield Management Team gave the current line-up 10 minutes before restructuring the team with some substitutions and within a couple of minutes reaped the rewards with a lovely goal from Jordan Pirrie who pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box after some great play by Craig Young. Ashfield 2 Lugar Boswell 1. The home side stepped up a gear after this and managed to take control of the tie. In the 68th minute, Ashfield got the all important 3rd goal and this was courtesy of Jim Mulvey who bulleted in a shot after the ball had been played into the box by Pirrie. A great goal for the 39-year-old and that is his 4th Goal of the Season. Ashfield 3 Lugar Boswell 1. It was one-way traffic at this point despite the valiant attempts from the visitors to attack and with 10 minutes to go following some neat link up play in the box, Craig Young managed to prod the ball home to ensure Ashfield`s name will be in the hat for the next Round. Ashfield 4 Lugar Boswell 1. Football is a `funny old game` and Lugar will probably find themselves playing worse and winning this season, however this Ashfield outfit are working extremely hard for each other and are scoring a lot of goals. That`s now 13 games undefeated as they head over to Lochburn Park, Maryhill next Saturday (19/11/22) in the South Challenge Cup - Kick Off 1.30pm.

FT:- ASHFIELD 4 LUGAR BOSWELL TH. 1

Ashfield`s Team: - C Calder, R Sinclair, D Leadbetter, J Mulvey, C Beedham, J Marr, F Sheridan, G Burns, J Black, G Young and C Young. Subs:- M Stewart (GK), G Chalmers, K Miller, S Doherty, J Pirrie, B Daly and A Quinn

Man of the Match: - Although not at their best today, a 4-1 result is an excellent score line for the `field and the plaudits this week go to the back four in particular. Jim Mulvey `marshalled his troops` well scoring the all-important 3rd Goal also, however Chris Calder`s handling throughout coupled with a wonderful `double save` before HT win him this week`s accolade.

Attendance:- 50

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Maryhill 2 Ashfield 1 , South Challenge Cup 2nd Round - Lochburn Park, Maryhill, Glasgow - Saturday 19th November 2022 - Kick-Off 1.30pm.

It was `take 2` of the North Glasgow Derby following the meeting two weeks ago between the Teams. This time it was the South Challenge Cup 3rd Round and the Match was played at the excellent Lochburn Park which had survived the Glasgow rain of the last few days. Both teams entered the sodden turf playing in their traditional strips as the healthy crowd poured through the turnstiles. The `field made one change to the Team that defeated Lugar Boswell in the West of Scotland Cup last week with the introduction of U20`s player Keir Miller in Midfield with Sean Doherty still not 100% fit to make the starting line-up. The game started at a ferocious pace and from the instant the home side were all over the `field, closing down the Ashfield players and not allowing them to settle whilst foraging forward at every opportunity. The game had a real `cup tie` feel to it and the home side showed their intentions with two snapshot efforts which went narrowly wide of Chris Calder`s goal. Jordan Pirrie gave the home side a fright in the 15th minute when he weaved past a number of defenders on the edge of the box however was closed down and his effort was well saved by the `hill Keeper. The back two of Maryhill were in commanding form and had to be as Jonny Black and Craig Young were showing some good intent however after 20 minutes the home side broke the deadlock following a dreadful mix up in the Ashfield back line. A lovely through ball between James Marr and the advancing Chris Calder in the Ashfield goal saw both players hesitate and failed to clear their lines properly with Jack McLaren picking up the loose ball, swivelling & driving the ball into the empty net despite the valiant attempt of Jim Mulvey who injured himself in the process. Maryhill 1 Ashfield 0. A real disappointment for Ashfield as the home side did not need any encouragement as they pilled forward again. Chris Calder made amends for his previous misdemeanour with a wonderful save tipping over a net bound Adam Van den Brink effort before the home side were awarded a free kick on the right-hand side on the half hour mark. The ball was whipped into the box with the `hill striker Van Den Brink getting ahead of his marker and his goalward header took a deflection as it whizzed past Calder to put the home side 2-0 up to the delight of the home support. Maryhill 2 Ashfield 0. It was `game on` now and Ashfield were sparked into action as they lay siege at the home side`s defence for the next 10-15 minutes. Despite the pressure the home defence stood firm and the `field were restricted to more longer-range shooting than they would have wanted. As Referee Speirs brought proceedings to a halt, the `field knew they were up against it.

HT:- MARYHILL 2 ASHFIELD 0

Ashfield made one change bringing on Sean Doherty to bolster the back line and moving James Marr into the middle at the expense of Greg Burns. The `field upped the tempo early and were utilising the flanks well with Leadbetter and Leverage driving down the wings and delivering balls into the middle. Chances were at a premium however and despite pressing forward Ashfield were finding it hard to break down the home defence. Jordan Pirrie was looking his dangerous self and made room for himself on the 55th minute before unleashing a ferocious drive. The effort was net bound however was blocked by the Maryhill Centre half. The Referee was frustrating the visitors with some decisions and a couple of the `field players went into the Referee`s notebook. On the hour mark, the `field eventually made the breakthrough courtesy of a wonder goal from Jonny Black. The Ashfield Centre found himself out on the right hand side before evading a tackle and letting go a 25 yard effort which flew into the top corner of the net to the delight of the travelling support. It was Jonny`s 9th Goal and probably his best goal of the Season. Maryhill 2 Ashfield 1. The `field had time on their hands now and they pressed forward however the home side were in no mood to concede and were extremely dangerous on the break. The game became rather scrappy and bogged down in Midfield which suited the home side as Ashfield struggled to carve out openings. With 10 minutes to go, David Leadbetter drove at the `hill right back before cutting in along the by-line and appeared to clash with the home keeper to big shouts for a penalty which were waved aside by the Referee. The visitors and bench were not happy with this decision as the game rumbled on. A couple of half chances fell to Jonny Black but his efforts went straight to the `hill Keeper and after 4 minutes of injury time, the game was brought to a close and it is Maryhill that progress into the 4th Round.

Ashfield will be disappointed and will play worse and win but started the `Cup tie` too late and the initiative was with the home side from the start and it took the `field a half hour before getting into their normal rhythm. It`s back to crucial League business next with firstly a visit to Glasgow United next Saturday at Greenfield Park - 1.30pm Kick-Off before welcoming Yoker Athletic to Saracen Park on the 3rd December. 
We wish Maryhill all the best in the next round.

FT:- MARYHILL 2 ASHFIELD 1

Ashfield`s Team: - C Calder, C Leverage, D Leadbetter, J Mulvey, J Marr, K Miller, F Sheridan, G Burns, J Black, J Pirrie and C Young. Subs: - M Stewart (GK), R Sinclair, A Quinn, J Bradley, G Young and S Doherty

Man of the Match: - A tough afternoon for the `field against very determined opponents who ensured that everyone in Black and White hoops did not get much room/time on the ball. Along with Jordan Pirrie, Jonny Black caused the `hill back four problems and he capped off his performance with a wonder goal.

Attendance: - 150

Referee - Nicolas Speirs

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Glasgow United p Ashfield p , Saturday 26th November 2022 - Kick Off 1.30pm. West of Scotland League Division 2 - Greenfield Park, Glasgow.

**********MATCH POSTPONED DUE TO FLOODED DRESSING ROOMS************

HT:- GLASGOW UTD P ASHFIELD P

Match Report and Pics to follow..............

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Ashfield`s Team: - 

Man of the Match:-

Attendance: -

Referee: - Steven Reid

Pics from last Season`s encounters - A 3-3 draw at Saracen Park and a 5-0 win for Ashfield at Greenfield Park.

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