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

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

HT:- ASHFIELD - MAYBOLE

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

FT:- ASHFIELD - MAYBOLE

Ashfield`s Team:-

Man of the Match:-

Attendance:-

Pic of Callum Graham being mobbed by his team mates following a Goal in the November 2020 encounter at Maybole. Ashfield won 4-1.

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