Ashfield FC - Match Reports & Pics for Season 2023-2024
Weekly Match Reports and Pictures of all Ashfield Matches for the Season ahead.
Match 1:- Ashfield 3 Irvine Victoria 1 , Pre-Season Friendly - Saturday 8th July 2023 - KO 2.30pm - Stepford Football Centre, 1514 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow G33 4NU.
Ashfield welcomed Irvine Victoria to the Stepford Football Centre to start the Pre-Season off and the good sized crowd were treated to a very enjoyable Match indeed despite all of the substitutes and changes throughout the 90 minutes. The standard of the game considering this was the first outing for both sides was very impressive indeed and after a very even opening where the better chances fell to the visitors with a couple of shots which narrowly missed the upright and a wonder save from Chris Calder, the home side began to dominate after 25 minutes. Two magnificent saves from the Vics Keeper delayed the opening goal from Jonny Black after lovely work down the right. Shortly after a tremendous mazy run from Left Back David Leadbetter saw the ball whipped across the box for Jonny Black to knock in his second of the game. The game ebbed and flowed with the `field utilising the flanks well in what was a very humid and uncomfortable afternoon for Football.
HT:- ASHFIELD 2 IRVINE VICS 0
Both teams made significant changes to their line-ups for the start of the second half and from an Ashfield point of view it was good to see all of the new signings getting a `run out`. It took the home side a good 10/15 mins to find their feet again following the changes and in the interim the visitors pulled a goal back with Savarese lobbing Chris Calder to reduce the deficit. The new signings began to make an impact shortly after however it was the established players in Aiden Quinn and Greg Burns that were `catching the eye` and it was no more than Greg deserved when he broke clear of his marker midway through the half placing a low shot into the far corner of the net to put Ashfield 3-1 up. Further chances fell to the home side however there were no further goals and on a disappointing note, Ryan Sinclair sustained a sore injury breaking his nose however we have just heard that there is no damage to the eye socket which is a relief.
It had been 15 years since both teams had met each other and it was good to see the Vics bringing a decent sized support to Stepford and we wish them well for the coming Season following narrowly missing out on Promotion last Season.
FT:- ASHFIELD 3 IRVINE VICS 1
Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, R Sinclair, D Leadbetter, L Pearce, S Doherty, J Bradley, B Barr, G Burns, J Black, C Quinn and F Sheridan. Subs:- C Beedham, P Shelley, L Farmer, G Chalmers, S Slaven, A Quinn, L Warnock, R Lochhead (GK) and S Grady.
Referee:- Luke McCauley
Match 2:- Ashfield 4 Clydebank 2 , Pre-Season Friendly - Violet Marshall Memorial Cup - Saturday 15th July 2023 - Kick -Off 3pm - New Western Park, Renfrew.
A really well organised event and well attended day of Football for the Violet Marshall Memorial Cup which concludes with the Final at 3pm on Sunday (16th) afternoon. Renfrew and Kilsyth Athletic (0-1) had served up an enjoyable Match before the `field and Clydebank took to the pitch for the 3pm Kick-Off. The Ashfield Management Team had made a few changes to the Team from the victory last week against Irvine Vics with Lochhead, Maley and Warnock all starting. It was good to see and catch up with a couple of Ex-Ashfield players in Jamie Darroch and Callum Graham who were playing against the `field today.
The Referee got the Match underway with the crowd still streaming in as the Premiership side took the upper hand in the early stages. Ashfield looked extremely dangerous on the break with Jonny Black and Bobby Barr foraging forward at every opportunity however it was the Bankies that started to put the pressure on the Ashfield goal. Despite the early possession chances were at a premium & just as Ashfield thought they had weathered the storm Liam McGonigle picked up the ball just inside the Ashfield box from Callum Graham, finding room for himself before sweeping the ball low and hard into the far corner of the net to the roar of the large Clydebank support. Ashfield 0 Clydebank 1. A snap shot from a Bankies forward shortly after sailed over the bar before Ashfield picked up their game and started to spread the ball about well. Fraser Sheridan was looking lively on the left hand flank and cut in before rifling a shot narrowly over the bar, and on the 24th minute the `field were level. Bobby Barr picked up the ball after a neat exchange of passing and cut in before unleashing a drive into the top corner of the net leaving Hughes in the Bankies goal with no chance. A terrific goal from Bobby. Ashfield 1 Clydebank 1. The game ebbed and flowed after this and chances were prevalent at both ends before Bobby Barr stepped up again on the 40th minute picking the ball up on the edge of the box and with one touch curled the ball into the top corner of the net again to the delight of the Ashfield support. Ashfield 2 Clydebank 1. Two wonder strikes from Bobby now enabling the `field to go in at the interval a goal ahead.
HT:- ASHFIELD 2 CLYDEBANK 1
The second half started off in similar fashion to the first with the Bankies forcing the early play and had a number of corners which were well defended by the Ashfield defence. On the 50th minute a cross to the far post saw the ball played across the Ashfield six yard box however was cleared to safety and immediately after this it was Ashfield who stunned their opponents with a third goal with their first foray up the park in the second half. A lovely move down the right hand side saw Aiden Quinn whip the ball into the box where Lewis Warnock got ahead of his marker and cushioned a volley into the corner of the net. Ashfield 3 Clydebank 1. A great goal from Ashfield and they almost increased their lead when Jonny Black broke clear of his marker after being played in drilling the ball into the net however the Referee disallowed this for Offside. As the sun broke through and the temperature rose, both teams made a couple of changes to freshen things up and Blair Lochhead in the Ashfield goal had to be at his best to save twice low down to thwart Little and McGonigle. Another chance fell to the Bankies when the ball was played to the back post however the trialist chose to play the ball across the goal instead of going himself. In the 79th minute the Bankies pressure paid off after a neat exchange of passes saw the Clydebank trialist played in and he placed the ball out of Lochhead`s reach to reduce the deficit. Ashfield 3 Clydebank 2. It was `game on` now as both teams pressed forward however the play was now more directed towards the Ashfield goal as the Premiership Club saw their opportunity to level things however came up against a really resiliant Ashfield Keeper and defence and on the 90th Minute it was the team in the Black and White hoops that completed the scoring. A long clearance from the Ashfield defence saw the ball land in between the Bankies Centre halves and young Aaron Davies who came on for Jonny Black gathered the ball before being upended in the box with the Referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Dean Farmer stepped up and finished with aplomb to ensure Ashfield will play in the Final on Sunday at 3pm against Kilsyth Athletic. Ashfield 4 Clydebank 2. A terrific Match and a great `work out` for both teams.
FT:- ASHFIELD 4 CLYDEBANK 2
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, A Quinn, D Leadbetter, R Sinclair, S Doherty, J Maley, B Barr, L Warnock, J Black, G Burns and F Sheridan. Subs:- C Quinn, C Calder (GK), G Chalmers, D Farmer, S Grady, K Miller, A Davis, Carruthers and McLaughlin.
Match 3:- Ashfield 3 Kilsyth Athletic 2, Violet Marshall Memorial Cup Final - Sunday 16th July 2023 - KO 3pm - New Western Park, Renfrew
Both teams met for the first time in their history and what a great occasion to meet in the Final of the inaugural Violet Marshall Memorial Cup which I am delighted to advise made over £2k for the Accord Hospice during the two days in what was a very well managed event and a feast of Football was had in front of large crowds. From an Ashfield point of view they had beaten a very talented Clydebank side yesterday and so it was a first Meeting with Kilsyth Athletic who had progressed following a 1-0 victory over Renfrew.
The `field were enforced into a number of changes due to some tired legs, some knocks and also the chance for some of the new arrivals and fringe players to start a Match. The `field were playing in their away strip of Red and Grey as Referee Barry Cook got things underway at a blustery New Western Park and it was the Glasgow side who started the brightest testing the Kilsyth back four early on. It was clear to see that the Kilsyth Team were extremely organised and were defending extremely well coupled with flashes that they were extremely quick on the break. Ashfield had a half chance after 10 minutes when Jonny Black bulleted a header narrowly past the post as the `field kept on foraging forward. New arrival Sean Grady was next up as he weaved past a couple of defenders before dragging his shot wide. The same result fell to Greg Chalmers who drove the ball wide following a headed clearance from Kilsyth. In the 26th minute however the game changed on its head as following an Ashfield corner, Kilsyth broke out of defence at pace driving into the Ashfield half before the ball was played through to the Athletic`s No 9 who drove the ball only to see Chris Calder block the shot with his legs however the ball broke out to an onrushing forward who despatched the ball into the net despite the attentions of Ashfield defenders. Ashfield 0 Kilsyth Athletic 1. The `field upped the tempo for the next period with Jack Maley prominent in the middle of the park however were finding it difficult to create clear cut chances & when they did the Kilsyth back four were blocking well however with 6 minutes of the half remaining Ashfield were awarded a free-Kick 22 yards out following a push on the back of Jonny Black. Up stepped Left Back David Leadbetter bending the ball into the top corner of the net to the delight of the Ashfield support. Ashfield 1 Kilsyth Athletic 1. The game ebbed and flowed up until the break and the Crowd knew they were in for an enjoyable second half as long as the rain stayed off.
HT:- ASHFIELD 1 KILSYTH ATHLETIC 1
It was a similar start to the second half as in the first with Ashfield having the initial pressure however again clear cut chances were difficult to find and as the half wore on the Kilsyth Team began to grow in confidence, working the flanks extremely well with Aidan Quinn and David Leadbetter having to be at their best. Just after the hour mark, the Ashfield Management Team changed the team bringing on 4 substitutes - 3 of their regular starts and young Keir Miller who is really `catching the eye` and improving game on game. As it was just as the `field were adjusting to the changes Kilsyth carved out a wonderful move down the right with the ball played in behind the left back area with the Athletic`s No 7 driving in on goal before finishing with aplomb leaving Calder with no chance. Ashfield 1 Kilsyth Athletic 2. As in the first half, the `field stepped the tempo up and within a couple of minutes were level when Fraser Sheridan cut the ball back from the bye line with Dean Farmer edging ahead of his marker to guide the ball past the Kilsyth Keeper to level the score. Ashfield 2 Kilsyth Athletic 2. Ashfield had a succession of corners which were well defended however had to contend with sporadic attacks with pace from the Kilsyth team and some last ditch tackling had to be utilised to keep Athletic at bay. Bobby Barr, who scored two wonder goals the day before was getting more and more involved and had already tested the Kilsyth Keeper with a left foot drive. This time the Ex-Livingston & Raith Rovers player whipped the ball into the six yard box which was only partially cleared with the loose ball following to an onrushing Fraser Sheridan who drove the ball low and hard into the net to put the `field ahead for the first time in the game. Ashfield 3 Kilsyth Athletic 2. The game was not over and the young Kilsyth team made it extremely difficult for the `field in the closing stages with this time the `field achieving a bit of success on the break. As Referee Barry Cook brought proceedings to an end, it is Ashfield who would be lifting the Violet Marshall Memorial Cup following a nice presentation from the Family of Violet`s.
It`s back to League preparations again for the `field this week with a home friendly against Maryhill on the Tuesday night (18th) and a trip down to Blair Park next Saturday (22nd) to take on Hurlford United before the League starts in earnest the week after. We wish Kilsyth Athletic all the best for the Season ahead.
FT:- ASHFIELD 3 KILSYTH ATHLETIC 2
Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, A Quinn, D Leadbetter, R Sinclair, S Doherty, J Maley, D Farmer, G Chalmers, J Black, C Quinn, S Grady. Subs:- B Barr, F Sheridan, L Warnock, G Burns, K Miller, A Davis, Carruthers and McLaughlin
Referee:- Barry Cook
Match 4:- Ashfield 3 Maryhill 1, Pre-Season Friendly - Tuesday 18th July 2023 - Stepford Football Centre, 1514 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow G33 4NU
This was the fourth meeting between the Teams in a year and both teams can be extremely pleased with their contribution in what turned out to be a cracker of a friendly that ebbed and flowed with the standard on show extremely high. Ashfield rested a few `tired` legs understandably after their efforts on Saturday and Sunday in lifting the Violet Marshall Memorial Cup and brought in a couple of trialists together with a mixture of fringe and established players. The Maryhill line up was similar to last Season however it was noticeable the number of new signings in the team who performed admirably on a balmy evening in the East End of Glasgow. The visitors made their intent known early that they were going to take the game to Ashfield and Blair Lochhead had to be at his best to divert a net bound effort from 22 yards over the bar. The visitors continued to spray the ball about well with Ashfield taking time to get to grips with their new line up however after 10 minutes the `field should have been ahead. A short pass-back from the `hill Centre Half allowed Dean Farmer a run in on goal however his lob did not have enough strength and was gathered by the Maryhill Keeper. Next up was Ryan Sinclair who`s tremendous pace allows him to drive up and down the right flank and was a constant menace for the `hill defence as he continually drove the ball into the box.
Ashfield were playing a trialist alongside Lance Pierce at Centre Half and he did very well and looked comfortable on the ball however was certainly `put through his paces` by a lively Maryhill forward line. A well worked free-kick from David Leadbetter on the half hour mark almost brought the opener for Ashfield however Bobby Barr drove the ball into the side netting to the relief of the Maryhill back four. As it was the game continued at great pace until Referee Hughes brought proceedings to a halt with the 50+ Crowd eager for the second half to commence.
HT:- ASHFIELD 0 MARYHILL 0
If the First half had been enjoyable the second half was even better as both teams had a real `go` at each other and the Match went from end to end with some notable performances from certain individuals ensuring that there was never a dull moment. A midfield `trialist` for Ashfield was certainly catching the eye working alongside young Substitute Keir Miller and both of them played extremely well. A number of changes were made on the hour mark by the home side bringing on Fraser Sheridan, Greg Chalmers, Jonny Black and Sean Doherty and just as they were `finding their feet`, it was Maryhill who broke the deadlock. Referee Hughes awarded a free-kick midway inside the Ashfield half which was driven to the far post where Shaun Roberts managed to get ahead of his market and volleyed the ball into the roof of the net to put the `hill ahead. Ashfield 0 Maryhill 1. The `field all of a sudden upped the tempo after this however were extremely wary of the breaks from Maryhill as the game entered the last 20 minutes. Miller and Barr linked well in the midfield area on the 74th minute before Barr himself drove at the Maryhill back four, Barr then played in an onrushing Sheridan with the Ashfield winger cutting in before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net from an acute angle to level the Match. Ashfield 1 Maryhill 1. It was `game on` now as the floodlights came on with the home side looking `in the mood` and within a couple of minutes the `field were ahead. A lovely piece of play on the right hand side saw Jonny Black hold the ball up at the edge of the box before playing in the young trialist and the youngster took one touch before despatching the ball into the corner of the net to the delight of the home support. Ashfield 2 Maryhill 1 . Maryhill foraged forward at every opportunity however found Sean Doherty and his fellow defenders commanding and as we entered the last 10 minutes it was the Ashfield Captain himself who put the `game to bed` so to speak. A corner on the far left of the Stepford Ground was played into Doherty at the front post and the big Ashfield Centre Half swivelled and drove the ball past the Maryhill Keeper to put the field 3-1 up, Ashfield 3 Maryhill 1. The game continued at great pace and was a great advert for Football before Referee Chris Hughes brought proceedings to a halt.
Both teams can be extremely pleased with their performances this evening and augurs well for the Season ahead. Ashfield now head down to Ayrshire to meet Premiership Hurlford United this Saturday (22/07/2023 - 2pm KO) in their last Pre-Season friendly looking to maintain their long unbeaten run stretching back 15 games now.
FT:- ASHFIELD 3 MARYHILL 1
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, R Sinclair, D Leadbetter, L Pearce, Trialist, C Quinn, B Barr, L Warnock, D Farmer, G Burns and S Grady. Subs:- C Calder (GK), J Black, A Quinn, S Doherty, F Sheridan, K Miller, Trialist and G Chalmers
Referee:- Chris Hughes
Match 5:- Whitletts Victoria 1 Ashfield 4 - West of Scotland League Division 1 - Saturday 29th July 2023 - Kick-Off 2pm - Dam Park, Ayr
The `field arrived to the lush surroundings of Dam Park however due to the Ayrshire Council not lining the Pitch as normal it was left to the Officials and Management of Whitletts to complete the task - Well done lads. The result was that Kick-Off was delayed by approx. 15 minutes while the final preparation was completed. The `field graced the turf at Dam Park in their Red & Grey Away strips with the home team reverting to a Blue & White outfit and as Referee Jamie Andrews got proceedings under way then all the benefits of the Pre-Season preparations would hopefully come to fruition. It was the home side that started well looking the more dangerous in the opening exchanges although the `field held the upper hand on possession. The Vics front two looked extremely lively and after 12 minutes the`field were given a warning when a net bound shot was blocked on the line by Sean Doherty. A couple of minutes later and it was the home side that were celebrating after breaking the deadlock. A lovely move down the left flank saw the Vics No 9 Jordan Baird cut in and evade a couple of tackles before despatching a right foot shot which bulleted low and hard past Lochhead in the Ashfield goal to put the home side 1-0 ahead. Whitletts Victoria 1 Ashfield 0. The `field foraged forward at every opportunity however the tall back four of the Vics were dealing well with cross balls so as the half wore on the Glasgow Team started to play their usual passing football and began to see the benefits.
Bobby Barr and Jonny Black, who terrorized defences in the Second Division last Season scoring 53 goals between them, were linking up well however it was Fraser Sheridan firstly that got on the end of a cleared corner to drill the ball goal-wards only to see the big Vics keeper block well. Next up however the `field were level following another corner which was only half cleared with the ball being gathered by Bobby Barr who drove the ball high into the roof of the net from 16 yards out to the delight of the travelling support. Whitletts Victoria 1 Ashfield 1. A couple of minutes later as the clock ticked towards half time a lovely ball over the heads of the Vics back two saw Jonny Black run through before rounding the Keeper and drilling the ball home to put the `field ahead. Whitletts Victoria 1 Ashfield 2. The home side looked `shell shocked` after putting on such an impressive opening 30 minutes however as Referee Andrews brought proceedings to a close the expectant crowd knew they were in for a lively second half.
HT:- WHITLETTS VICTORIA 1 ASHFIELD 2
There were no changes to the line-ups as the sun welcomed both teams onto the Park and it was the visitors that took the game by the `scruff of the neck` stepping up a gear and putting on a tremendous second half showing. Jonny Black started to win most of the 50-50`s that were played up bringing the wide players into the game. Bobby Barr was finding some space down the right flank cutting in well and delivered a few wicked crosses in before narrowly missing the upright himself with a shot. After an hour the Ashfield Management Team brought on changes to the Midfield and defence and within 4 minutes the `field went further ahead. A lovely move from Jonny Black down the left flank saw the Ashfield forward cut along the bye-line before drilling the ball across the 6 yard box to an onrushing Greg Burns. Greg`s shot was initially blocked however the ball fell to Ex-Petershill man Craig Quinn and with virtually his first touch of the game drove the ball into the net to put the `field further ahead. Whitletts Victoria 1 Ashfield 3. It was pretty much `one way` traffic at this stage and continued with the introduction of Sean Slaven & Shaun Grady who both put on an excellent show in the last 20 minutes. Slaven almost scored with his first touch as his pace drove him past the defenders only to see his lobbed shot narrowly miss the far post. Shaun Grady was driving at the Vics defence and was brought down on a couple of occasions. A lovely worked free-kick with 10 minutes left saw David Leadbetter`s net bound effort blocked by the Vics defence before the Vics Centre Half was booked for scything down Bobby Barr as he ran in on goal. With 6 minutes left on the clock, the home side had a good appeal for a penalty with Shaun Grady being on the wrong side of his marker however Referee Andrews waived away protests. Craig Quinn should have scored his 2nd of the game when Shaun Grady played him in right on the six yard box however his effort was brilliantly saved by the Vics Keeper however this only delayed the final goal when again a move down the left by Leadbetter found Sean Slaven and the big forward showed some great feet-work before drilling the ball underneath the Vics keeper to ensure a memorable start to the Season for the visitors. Whitletts Victoria 1 Ashfield 4. Following the goal, the Vics Centre half was given a second yellow for dissent as a further 4 minutes were played before the game was brought to an end.
An excellent start to the Season for Ashfield at a very tricky venue and the home side can be pleased with their opening period however it is Ashfield who go up the A77 with the three valuable points as they prepare for a home game with Shotts Bon Accord on Tuesday night at Stepford Park (7.45pm Kick-Off) while the Vics travel to Neilston.
FT:- WHITLETTS VICTORIA 1 ASHFIELD 4
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, R Sinclair, L Pearce, S Doherty, D Leadbetter, J Bradley, B Barr, G Burns, J Black, J Maley and F Sheridan. Subs:- C Calder, S Grady, G Chalmers, S Slaven, A Quinn, C Quinn and C Beedham
Man of the Match:- A great team performance for the starting 11 and the 5 Substitutes who all made a terrific contribution. Special mention to Sean Doherty, Bobby Barr and the two Sean`s who came on in the Second half - Slaven and Grady. Very difficult not to mention every single player but edging this weeks award is David Leadbetter & Jonny Black.
Referee:- Jamie Andrews
Match 6:- Ashfield 2 Shotts Bon Accord 3, Stepford Park, 1514 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow G33 4NU - West of Scotland League Division 1 - Tuesday 1st August 2023 - 7.45pm KO
It had been a while since Ashfield and Shotts had `locked horns` in a League Match and we have to go back to May 2013 for a 1-1 at Saracen Park however both teams would have been buoyant going into this evening`s fixture on the back of two victories against Ayrshire opponents on Saturday. The Ashfield Management Team had `tweaked` the starting line up slightly bringing in the impressive Sean Slaven who had a terrific second half at Whitletts. As it was the home side did not anticipate being 2-0 after 9 minutes to hand a huge advantage to the visitors. The crowd were still entering the Ground when a lofted pass-back from Craig Quinn went over the head of the Ashfield Keeper as he tried to keep the ball out with his head however only directed it into the roof of the net to the delight of the travelling support. Ashfield 0 Shotts B A 1. The `field were struggling in the opening stages and it was the visitors that went further ahead on nine minutes following some neat interplay with Ben Richford finishing well past Blair Lochhead in the Ashfield goal. Ashfield 0 Shotts B A 2. The home side managed to `steady the ship` after this and began to get their passing game together and starting to make inroads at trying to claw back the deficit. The midfield area was congested and the visitors were strong in this area however as the half wore on David Leadbetter on the left and Bobby Barr on the right began to put the visitors under a bit of pressure and on the 20 minute mark a lovely through ball saw Sean Slaven control and drive in on goal before despatching a low shot into the back of the net to the delight of the home support. Ashfield 1 Shotts B A 2. It was `game on` now and the home side foraged forward at every opportunity however the visitors back four were extremely strong and a couple of the home efforts were from long distance. On the half hour following a corner, it was Shotts that increased their lead. A lovely whipped in corner from Ex-Ashfield player Ally Martin was partially cleared to the edge of the box where a Shotts midfielder drove the ball into the six yard box and was diverted into the net by Josh MacDonald leaving Lochhead with no chance. Ashfield 1 Shotts B A 3. A real `blow` for Ashfield however to their credit kept on pushing forward and on the stroke of half time got their rewards from the Penalty spot following an infringement on Greg Burns in the box. Bobby Barr stepped up and drove the ball only to see the Shotts Keeper block well however Barr was quick and guided the rebound into the net to ensure the game was nicely poised going into the Second Half. Ashfield 2 Shotts B A 3.
HALF TIME:- ASHFIELD 2 SHOTTS BA 3
As the players came back on for the second half the rain had started to pour in the east side of Glasgow and unfortunately did not let up for the whole of the second half. It certainly did not affect the proceedings on the park as both teams gave their all. The midfield area continued to be hard fought and as the half wore on it was the home side that began to carve out the better of the openings. On the hour mark nice play down the right flank by Aiden Quinn saw the ball played into Sean Slaven inside the box and the big Centre forward swivelled and drove his shot narrowly past the upright. Bobby Barr was next up as he cut in from the left hand side and again his shot missed the far post by inches. Shotts were dangerous at set pieces and a couple of corners caused the Ashfield back four some problems before being cleared to safety. The home side made a couple of changes bringing on Maley and Sinclair before later on bringing on the pace of Fraser Sheridan as the `field tried in vain to claw back the deficit and with 10 minutes to go should have done so. A lovely move from Ashfield down the left saw the ball played into Slaven who pulled the ball back for an onrushing Jonny Black however the normally reliable forward went for power instead of accuracy and his shot went narrowly over the bar to the anguish of the home support. A couple of minutes later, Bobby Barr tried to weave his way through the Shotts back four however the ball was played out to Fraser Sheridan who drove the ball goal-wards only to see the Shotts Keeper pull off a great save with his legs. The visitors made a number of substitutes late on and held on to secure a valuable three points as Referee Steven McKay brought proceedings to a close.
An enjoyable match with both teams producing some excellent football however Shotts continue their excellent record over Ashfield stretching to 49 years since they last lost to the Glasgow Team. The `field must `dust themselves down` for the trip to Petershill on Saturday and should not be too downhearted as they will probably play worse and win this Season. Shotts welcome Neilston to Hannah Park.
FULL TIME:- ASHFIELD 2 SHOTTS BA 3
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, A Quinn, D Leadbetter, L Pearce, S Doherty, J Bradley, B Barr, G Burns, J Black, C Quinn and S Slaven. Subs:- C Calder (GK), G Chalmers, R Sinclair, J Maley, F Sheridan, C Beedham and H Granger.
Man of the Match:- A tough encounter for Ashfield and they will be disappointed at not drawing level in the Second Half. Sean Slaven in only his 2nd game for Ashfield acquitted himself very well against a strong Shotts back four scoring a terrific goal and almost drawing the game level in the second half.
Referee:- Steven MacKay
Match 7:- Petershill 1 Ashfield 4 , Saturday 5th August 2023 - Kick-Off 2pm - Petershill Park, Springburn, Glasgow - West of Scotland League Division 1
This is what Promotion last Season provided Ashfield, the chance to play against established Premier & First Division Teams and show how they can compete. The `field coped well last Season in drawing with Cumnock and Troon away over 90 Minutes in the Cups and again only losing out on pens to St Roch`s. Today`s encounter between the two famous North Glasgow Teams was the first in a League Match since March 2013 albeit they have met twice in the Sectional League Cup and both sets of supporters were looking forward to the Game.
Referee Scott Douglas got proceedings underway as the crowd were still pouring in through the turnstiles with the `field making a couple of changes to the team that narrowly lost out to Shotts in Midweek. Ex-Partick Defender Harry Granger made his debut at the back alongside Sean Doherty with Lance Pearce moving to Right back as the game started off at a great pace. It was the home side that were `catching the eye` and especially Ex-Darvel Man Darren Miller with the quality of long range passing however Ashfield were working extremely hard and looked dangerous coming forward. The `field were linking up well down both flanks and began to exert some pressure however were given an early warning of the strength of the opposition when following an Ashfield corner the ball was played out of defence and within a matter of seconds the ball had been played through to Sinclair with Lochhead in the Ashfield Goal having to block well. Next chance fell to Ashfield following another corner. This time the ball was met by Harry Granger and the Ashfield debutant glanced a header from the penalty spot area against the post before being scrambled to safety. Ashfield were cursing their luck as within a minute the home side opened the scoring on the 19th Minute. A tremendous 22 yard shot from Jamie Adam was saved by Lochhead however the Ashfield Keeper was unable to hold the effort and Sinclair was quickest to divert the ball into the net to the roar of the Petershill support. Petershill 1 Ashfield 0. It was imperative that the `field did not let this affect their good start to the game and within 2 minutes of losing the goal they were level. A ball over McCabe at the back for Petershill saw Sean Slaven utilise his pace to come on the blind side of the Petershill defender and gather the ball before poking it under the advancing McAllister in the Petershill goal to level the scores. That was Sean`s 3rd Goal in 3 games and was a vital one. Petershill 1 Ashfield 1. The game continued to swing from one end to another and Referee Scott Douglas was kept busy however was utilising the advantage rule extremely well. A couple of bookings were dished out with Dean McBride guilty of a heavy tackle. Defences remained on top for the rest of the half before the Referee brought proceedings to a halt.
HT:- PETERSHILL 1 ASHFIELD 1
If the 140+ Crowd thought that the first half had been a cracker then they were in for a treat in the Second as initially the home side put the `field under pressure. The Peasy Centre Forward and Ex-Vale of Clyde front man Sinclair was linking up well with the Midfield and within two minutes of the restart gathered the ball 22 yards out before despatching a curling effort which crashed off the underside of the bar before being scrambled away by the Ashfield rear-guard. Next up a wicked cross from the left saw Adam get ahead of his marker however could only guide his effort past the post to the relief of the visiting support. As the half wore on it was the `field that started to put the pressure on with Bobby Barr everywhere and the Midfield duo of Burns and Warnock driving into the home box at every opportunity. David Leadbetter made a terrific run down the left flank before cutting in and delivering a terrific cross which was defended well. Jonny Black was also winning his share of the ball and a couple of shots went narrowly over before the visitors got their reward. An un-necessary tackle from McBride just inside the penalty box on Slaven right in front of the Referee gave Scott Douglas no option but to point to the spot and in addition provide a 2nd yellow Card to the Petershill Right Back. Bobby Barr eventually stepped up to take the award drilling the ball right down the middle to put the `field ahead. Petershill 1 Ashfield 2. The visitors got an enormous lift from the goal and although utilising the `extra man` well were still conscious of the danger that Petershill possess and twice in as many minutes Ashfield Captain Sean Doherty intercepted dangerous balls into the Ashfield box. Jonny Black broke clear of the Peasie defence on 68 minutes however his effort was well saved by McAllister however 3 minutes later and the visitors sealed the Match with again Bobby Barr starting and finishing a lovely move which saw a one-two enabling the Ashfield midfielder to go through on goal and as McAllister advanced he drilled the ball low and hard underneath him to the delight of the travelling support. Petershill 1 Ashfield 3. A couple of substitutions followed with Chalmers , Aiden Quinn and Fraser Sheridan coming on for Ashfield and all three made important contributions. Fraser Sheridan`s pace at this stage of the game was welcome and following a couple of indifferent balls into the middle the Ashfield winger broke down the right flank with 3 minutes to go delivering a wonderful cross to the far post where Aiden Quinn volleyed the ball past McAllister to seal the victory for Ashfield. Petershill 1 Ashfield 4. As Referee Scott Douglas brought proceedings to a close, the `field will be delighted with this result considering the calibre of opposition and can go into the forthcoming games with a great degree of confidence. Petershill will play worse and win and it was a terrific game of Football to watch. Next up the `field welcome Blantyre Victoria to Stepford Park (12/08/2023 - 2pm KO) whilst Petershill head to Neilston next Saturday (12th).
FT:- PETERSHILL 1 ASHFIELD 4
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, L Pearce, D Leadbetter, H Granger, S Doherty (Capt), C Quinn, B Barr, L Warnock, J Black, G Burns and S Slaven. Subs:- C Calder (GK), G Chalmers, A Quinn, F Sheridan, R Sinclair, J Maley, and C Beedham.
Man of the Match:- Some tremendous performances in the Black and White Hoops today with special mention to the whole `back four` who kept a very impressive Petershill forward line at bay, Greg Burns and Lewis Warnock deserve a mention as well as Jonny Black & Sean Slaven up front however Bobby Barr was everywhere today and was a constant menace to the Petershill rear-guard scoring two goals also.
Referee:- Scott Douglas
Match 8:- Ashfield 1 Blantyre Victoria 2, Saturday 12th August 2023 - Stepford Park, 1514 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow G33 4EG - West of Scotland Division 1
Ashfield and Blantyre Victoria had made a similar start to their League campaigns winning 2 out of their first 3 games and a competitive game was in store for both sets of supporters. Referee Euan Birch got proceedings underway as the rain eventually stopped over the East End of Glasgow with both teams playing in their traditional strips. Blantyre have dominated the last fixtures between the teams albeit the last competitive meeting was back in 2015/16 Season however a couple of recent friendlies had been played. Michael Oliver and his Ashfield Management Team were enforced into a change from last week`s impressive outing at Petershill after losing Captain Sean Doherty due to a hand injury sustained during the week with Ryan Sinclair coming in.
The Match started off at a frantic pace swinging from end to end early on however chances were at a premium as both defences looked in good form. As the half wore on it was the visitors that started to show what they could do working both flanks extremely well and almost went ahead on the quarter of an hour mark after a lovely cross into the box found the Vics Centre Forward however he was unable to test Blair Lochhead in the Ashfield goal. Next up it was Gillespie who tried to weave in between the Ashfield defenders however was eventually closed out. Ashfield were being pressed heavily in the middle of the park however eventually Jonny Black, Sean Slaven and Bobby Barr managed to get involved in the game and after a move in the 20th minute should have been ahead. Bobby Barr linked up well down the right hand wing before despatching a terrific low ball into the six yard box however Jonny Black let the ball under his feet to the anguish of the home support. Jonny Black did not let this affect him and a couple of efforts were well blocked by the resilient Vics defence. The game although extremely competitive and tight was played in good spirits and for the remainder of the half swung from end to end. Just as the support thought the game was going into the break goalless, it was the visitors that struck on the 44th minute. A lovely move down the left hand flank saw the ball played low and hard into the middle where Gillespie was unable to make good contact with the ball however his effort sent Lochhead the wrong way and the ball trickled into the net to the delight of the large travelling support. Ashfield 0 Blantyre Vics 1. The goal would certainly have changed the respective half time team talks as Referee Birch brought proceedings to a halt shortly after.
HT:- ASHFIELD 0 BLANTYRE VICS 1
It was the home side that `came out the traps` quickest and lay siege on the Vics defence from Kick-Off. Bobby Barr broke clear of the visiting defence on the 47th minute and his angled net-bound shot was brilliantly saved by Osinski in the Vics goal. A series of corners were well defended by the Vics defence before Sean Slaven brought out an excellent save again from the Vics keeper however in the 56th Minute the `field got their reward after a lovely move through the middle starting off with Sean Slaven who played in an onrushing Lewis Warnock and the Ashfield Midfielder despatched his shot past the Keeper to the delight of the home support. Ashfield 1 Blanytre Vics 1. It was `game on` now and the hosts were having an excellent spell at this time however as the half wore on it was the Vics who began to utilise the break to good advantage resulting in a couple of bookings for Ashfield midfielders. Sean Grady came on for Craig Quinn and the Ashfield winger made an immediate impression driving hard at the Vics defence and also linking up well with Greg Burns and the wide players. As the game approached the latter stages, the game was turned on its head when Vics Midfielder Bowman picked up the ball in the middle on the 77th minute before making room for himself 25 yards out and despatched a curling shot into the top corner of Blair Lochhead`s goal to put the visitors ahead. It was a tremendous effort from the Vics player & the `field had to claw back a deficit again. Ashfield 1 Blantyre Vics 2. Despite some good offensive play from Ashfield, chances were at a premium as the Vics defence held firm and Referee Euan Bitch brought proceedings to an end after 4 minutes of injury time. A sore one for the `field who had been in command in the early stages of the Second half however will play worse and win this Season. The Visitors were delighted with the victory in this extremely competitive League and as the games are coming `thick and fast`, the `field must `dust themselves` down again for their visit to Somervell Park, Cambuslang on Wednesday (16th) night.
FT:- ASHFIELD 1 BLANTYRE VICS 2
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, R Sinclair, D Leadbetter, L Pierce, H Granger, C Quinn, B Barr, G Burns, J Black, L Warnock and S Slaven. Subs:- C Calder (GK), G Chalmers, F Sheridan, S Grady, A Callaghan and A Quinn.
Man of the Match:- Some good performances in the Black and White hoops against a very determined and skilful Vics outfit. Greg Burns started many of Ashfield`s moves and worked tirelessly in midfield.
Referee:- Euan Birch
Match 9 - Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 7 , West of Scotland League Division 1 - Wednesday 16th August 2023 - KO 7pm at Somervell Park, Cambuslang
Ashfield headed over to Somervell Park, Cambuslang looking to `bounce back` from last Saturday against a team who were undefeated so far this Season. As `away` performances` go this was almost as `good as it gets` as the `field playing in their away strip of Red and Grey swept aside Cambuslang in the first 20 minutes. By that time the `field were 4-0 up and Sean Slaven had helped himself to a hat-trick.
Referee McCluskey got proceedings underway with the crowd still pouring in on this balmy evening in Glasgow with the `field making a couple of changes in bringing winger Fraser Sheridan and Jack Maley into the fold enabling a front three of Barr, Black and Slaven to press the Rangers defence straight from the kick off and this they did. A lovely ball on the right was played into Sean Slaven in the 3rd Minute and as he foraged forward he was brought down with the Referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Bobby Barr stepped up and lashed the ball high into the net to the delight of the travelling support. Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 1. The game was being played at a fierce pace and the home side pressed forward at every opportunity however found Leadbetter and Beedham for Ashfield at the back snuffing out any early chances. On the 6th minute Ashfield went further ahead. Bobby Barr linked up well with Jonny Black before the ball was played to Sean Slaven who drove past his marker before despatching a right foot shot into the far corner of the net. Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 2. As the away support were still celebrating , Ashfield won the ball back n Midfield before finding Slaven again on the edge of the box and the big Striker weaved past a couple of defenders before drilling the ball low and hard past the Rangers Keeper to make it 3-0. Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 3. The home side looked `shocked` at the early goals and although they pushed forward in search of reducing the deficit it was Ashfield that continued their relentless forward play and on the 20th minute, Sean Slaven gathered the ball on the edge of the box before again, evading a couple of tackles before despatching a right foot shot past the Keeper to put the `field 4-0 up and in doing so collected his first hat-trick for Ashfield. Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 4. Harry Granger and Lance Pierce were dominating proceedings on the right hand side of the defence with Lance pushing forward and delivering some excellent through passes. Ashfield increased their lead further on 35 minutes and it was a `carbon copy` of the 4th with Slaven evading a couple of tackles before getting clear and as the Keeper advance he drilled the ball low and hard into the back of the net for Number 5. Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 5. To the home side`s credit they pushed forward at every opportunity and Blair Lochhead had to look lively on a couple of occasions before the Referee brought proceedings to a halt for Half time.
HT:- CAMBUSLANG RANGERS 0 ASHFIELD 5
There were no initial changes to the visiting line up however Cambuslang Rangers brought on a change who was extremely lively and they put Ashfield under a bit of pressure in the early stages of the half with twice Blair Lochhead saving well to his left. As the half wore on it was Ashfield that began to take control again with Michael Oliver and his Management Team bringing on substitutes periodically throughout the half. The game was still being played at a great pace and also Referee McCluskey did not have to work too hard in terms of player indiscipline either. With the game entering the closing stages it was the `field that increased their lead following a wonderful move. Slaven picked the ball up midway inside the Rangers half and as he advanced forward he played an inch perfect pass to an onrushing Greg Burns who guided the ball past the advancing keeper and into the net for Number 6. A terrific team goal. Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 6. The `field saw their chance for further goals and foraged forward in good numbers and within 2 minutes went further ahead. A one-two on the edge of the box saw Fraser Sheridan cap off an excellent display with a low shot into the far corner of the net to complete the scoring for the evening. Cambuslang Rangers 0 Ashfield 7. The Referee played a few minutes injury-time before bringing proceedings to a close on a wonderful display from the visitors who now have a free Saturday after receiving a bye in the First Round of the South of Scotland Challenge Cup. Next up for the `field is a trip to New Western Park, Renfrew on the 26th August - 2pm KO.
FT:- CAMBUSLANG RANGERS 0 ASHFIELD 7
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, L Pierce, D Leadbetter, H Granger, C Beedham, J Maley, B Barr, L Warnock, J Black, F Sheridan and S Slaven. Subs:- C Calder, S Grady, A Quinn, C Quinn, G Chalmers, A Callaghan and G Burns.
Man of the Match:- A complete performance from Sean Slaven this evening , scoring 4 goals, winning penalty and setting up the 6th Goal. Tremendous from Sean. There was not a failure in the Team with all Subs contributing massively to a wonderful team performance. Great to see such a commanding performance from Conor Beedham on his return from Loan and he and the rest of the back four including Blair dealt with a dangerous Rangers Team.
Referee:- James McCluskey
Match 10:- Renfrew 3 Ashfield 1, West of Scotland Division 1, Saturday 26th August 2023 - Kick-Off 2pm - New Western Park, Renfrew
A much anticipated meeting between the teams who finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the West of Scotland League Division 2 last Season. The visitors came into the game on the back of a 7 goal victory away to Cambuslang Rangers with the home side looking for points to claw themselves further up the table. Both teams entered the pitch wearing their traditional strips with a late change to the Referee with Gary Noonan replacing Steven MacKay.
It was the home side that started on the `front foot` foraging forward at every opportunity and putting the `field back four under immediate pressure. A couple of corners in the opening minutes caused alarm with Calder in the `field goal having to push away two net-bound headers as the home side worked up a head of steam. Ashfield were unable to stem the tide and on 4 minutes a ball was played across the park with Dom Lavelle for the visitors lashing the ball into the back of the net from 22 yards to the delight of the home support. Renfrew 1 Ashfield 0. The home side continued with the pressure as Ashfield tried to force the home side out and another cross ball from McKeown on the left was met by McLennan and he guided his header out of Calder`s reach to put the home side 2-0 up. Renfrew 2 Ashfield 0. It was a bad start for the `field however they began to start their normal passing game shortly after and with virtually their first foray into Renfrew`s box, a lovely ball was played across finding an onrushing Jonny Black who drove the ball home. A simple clinical finish from Ashfield and it was now `game on`. Renfrew 2 Ashfield 1. The `field started to press Renfrew hard but the home side held firm with the `frew No 5 commanding in his own box.
David Leadbetter was booked for his first infringement on the 20th minute which was extremely harsh considering the ball was kept in by the hand of the Renfrew winger and within 2 minutes a further foul was given again against Leadbetter with the Referee brandishing a second yellow card in a game that had been played in good spirits. This seemed to change the `mood` of the Match with the Match Official seemingly not willing to converse with the players at all. Six minutes later as both teams were pushing forward a late tackle by the Renfrew winger McKeown saw the Referee produce a straight Red for the tackle to the bewilderment of the home dug-out who followed the Ashfield Dug out in receiving a yellow card. The game ebbed and flowed for the next 20 minutes with the home side extremely dangerous from set pieces whilst Ashfield brought out a couple of excellent saves from the Renfrew Keeper from Pearce and Barr.
HT:- RENFREW 2 ASHFIELD 1
The game restarted off at great pace with Ashfield forcing the early pace and a lovely move on the 47th minute saw Sean Slaven break clear of his marker in a tight penalty box only to be brought down as he advanced on the Keeper. To the visitors astonishment the Referee denied the `field a penalty and booked Slaven. The `field did not let this affect them as they searched in vain for an equaliser. On the hour mark it looked like Ashfield had drawn level when a `dinked` ball over the Renfrew back four saw Jonny Black gather the ball and lob the ball into the net to the delight of the visiting support. The `field`s celebrations however were short-lived as Referee Noonan decided that Black was in an offside position. This trend continued to the annoyance of the visiting bench and Referee Noonan brandished a second yellow to Ashfield Coach Iain Gray before continuing not to have any dialogue with either team. The game itself then for the next period of time started to deteriorate as certain decisions took `Centre Stage`. Ashfield won a corner on the far left hand side with circa 18 minutes to go with Sean Doherty getting on the end of the delivery bulleting a header which was blocked on the line and to Ashfield`s angst the decision was given as a bye-kick. Sheridan was booked for protesting before the Referee raced 20 yards across the park brandishing a Red Card to Sean Doherty leaving Ashfield with nine men. The home side saw their opportunity however a couple of efforts failed to trouble Calder. Ashfield made a number of substitutions bringing on offensive players in Callaghan, Burns and Grady and it was Grady that had a net bound effort blocked before Callaghan showed his skills bringing in Sheridan on the left flank on a number of occasions. With 5 minutes to go a high tackle by Lance Pierce caught the Renfrew substitute McMenemy with the Referee deeming the infringement worthy of a straight Red & the `field were down to 8 men. It was the 8 men however that went up the park and almost equalised with Greg Burns picking up a loose ball before firing the ball narrowly over. Astonishingly a minute later, the Referee awarded the home side a penalty when there was a coming together of Granger and a Renfrew forward with the Referee seeing something that most people did not and ran fully 20 yards to point at the spot. Justice was done as the Penalty hit the base of the post and was cleared to safety. Next up the Referee went over to the Ashfield bench and a straight Red was flashed at Coach Kieran Dougan before the game was restarted. As the 8 men tried to salvage the Match they were hit on the break as a lovely ball was played through to Ben McLernan who finished with aplomb at Calder`s near post to effectively finish the Match. Renfrew 3 Ashfield 1. The Match was brought to a conclusion shortly after with the points going to a good Renfrew side however the Ashfield side were in a `state of shock` at the actions and decisions given against them as they trooped off the Park. The `field now have a `mountain to climb` with virtually the whole back four suspended for upcoming matches. Michael Oliver and his Ashfield Team will `bounce back` from this afternoon however will certainly remember what contributed to the overall statistics of the Match.
FT:- RENFREW 3 ASHFIELD 1
Ashfield`s Team:- C Calder, L Pierce, D Leadbetter, H Granger, C Beedham, J Maley, B Barr (Capt), L Warnock, J Black, F Sheridan and S Slaven. Subs:- A Callaghan, A Quinn, G Burns, S Grady and G Chalmers
Man of the Match:- A disappointing ending for the `field with the game punctuated with stoppages so difficult for any player to get any rythmn going. Despite all going around him Fraser Sheridan worked tirelessly down the left flank and starting many good Ashfield attacks
Referee:- Gary Noonan
Match 12 - Ashfield 1 Drumchapel United 5, Saturday 9th September 2023 - KO 2.30pm - Stepford Park, 1514 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow G33 4EG - West of Scotland League Division 1
This was the first time ever that Ashfield and Drumchapel Utd had met in a competitive game and the large crowd were treated to an excellent Match which swung from one end to another throughout the 90 minutes, The field went into the game after their victory down in Ayrshire in the Scottish Junior Cup however were short of defenders with three out of the usual back four missing due to suspension following the game at Renfrew a few weeks back. The visitors entered the Stepford pitch in their away strip of all purple with the `field playing in their traditional Black & White hoops and as the Crowd poured in it was the home side that started on the front foot forcing the visitors on the back foot early on. An early block from the United Keeper Scully from Lewis Warnock set the tone for his performance as he continually thwarted the Ashfield forwards throughout the Match with some inspired Goalkeeping.
Referee Wallace kept the game flowing and as the half wore on it was the visitors that began to show why they are `tipped heavily` to be one of the Promotion contenders come April as they began to force the `field back four back and gained a number of corners which were well defended by Harry Granger and colleagues Sinclair, Beedham and Aiden Quinn. On the half hour mark Ashfield were awarded a free kick 25 yards out from goal however the delivery was not up to the usual standard and the visitors broke at pace before releasing Hopkirk down the left hand side and as he drove into the box the ball was cut back before only being partially cleared with the loose ball being driven into the back of the net to the delight of the United fans. Ashfield 0 Drumchapel United 1. A bad goal to lose from Ashfield`s point of view as they were on the attack however 5 minutes later they were in deeper trouble when the prolific James Marks made his mark on the game finishing off a lovely move to put the visitors further ahead. Ashfield 0 Drumchapel United 2. The visitors saw their opportunity to `kill the game off` and for the next 5 minutes poured forward at every opportunity however the `field showed excellent resolve and managed to drive themselves up the park gaining a corner on 43 minutes. A lovely delivery from the left was met at the far post by Connor Beedham who guided the ball into the net to reduce the deficit. Ashfield 1 Drumchapel United 2. A great time to score for the home side and as the Referee brought proceedings to a halt for half time shortly after the crowd knew that there were going to be many twists and turns in the second half.
HT:- ASHFIELD 1 DRUMCHAPEL UTD 2
There were no changes in the home side`s line up for the start of the second half as the `field buoyed by their goal before half time set about trying to equalise and for the next 20 minutes had the visitors on the back foot. A lovely move down the left saw Jonny Black break clear of his marker and as he cut the ball across to Bobby Barr it looked a certain goal however Scully in the United Goal pulled off an amazing double save firstly from Barr and then from Jonny Black before the ball was scrambled clear. `Football is a funny old game` as Saints and Greavsy used to say as at this time of the game the crowd could not foresee the eventual score-line to the Match at the end of 90 minutes as Ashfield foraged forward at every opportunity. The back four of United were in mean mood though and began to restrict the home side to long range efforts as the visitors gradually began to get on top again. A 22 yard drive from Jonny Black with 20 minutes to go brought out another wonderful save from Scully before a couple of substitutions were made from both sides. The visitors had a strong bench bringing on Ex-Hearts and Rangers Winger David Templeton and new signing Youcef Narbesla who immediately `caught the eye` with his passing and physical ability. A double save from Blair Lochhead in the Ashfield goal kept the `field in the game however with 7 minutes to go it was the new United signing Narbesla that effectively `killed off` Ashfield`s hopes when a lovely move down the left saw the ball whipped into the front post for Narbesla to guide the ball past Lochhead to the roar of the travelling fans. Ashfield 1 Drumchapel United 3. David Templeton went close after some neat inter-play on the edge of the box with the ball driven narrowly wide with the aid of a deflection and shortly after David Hopkirk pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box before drilling the ball past a ruck of players and into the back of the net to put the visitors 4-1 up. Ashfield 1 Drumchapel United 4. To make matters worse a couple of minutes later the visitors were awarded a rather soft penalty where it appeared there was not much contact however Referee Wallace had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The Kick was given to new signing Narbesla who finished with aplomb dinking the ball `Panenka` style into the middle of the goal to put a rather harsh score-line on the `field`s efforts today, however it has to be said that some of Drumchapel United`s play this afternoon was of the highest standard & based on this performance against a good Ashfield side then I am sure that they will be amongst the contenders at the end of the Season.
The `field will `dust themselves` down and now have a break from the League as they take on Oakley United in the South of Scotland Cup - 2nd Round next Saturday. Please note that due to Easterhouse FC having drawn Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at Stepford also, Ashfield`s Match will be played at Petershill Park next Saturday (16/09/23) with a 2pm KO.
FT:- ASHFIELD 1 DRUMCHAPEL UTD 5
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, A Quinn, C Beedham, H Granger, R Sinclair, L Warnock, B Barr, G Burns, S Slaven, J Black and F Sheridan. Subs:- J Bradley, G Chalmers, A Callaghan, C Calder (GK), C Quinn, D Farmer and J Maley.
Man of the Match:- There were many good performances in the Black and white hoops this afternoon however overall it was a difficult afternoon as the score suggests. Jonny Black stuck to his task manfully and was very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet being thwarted by the excellent United Keeper on a number of occasions.
Referee:- Regan Wallace
Match 13 - Ashfield 4 Oakley United 1, Saturday 16th September 2023 - Kick-Off 2pm - Petershill Park, Springburn, Glasgow G21 4DD - South of Scotland Challenge Cup 2nd Round.
Ashfield welcomed Oakley United to the excellent facility at New Petershill Park for the 2nd Round Tie in the South of Scotland Challenge Cup and both teams were welcomed onto the Park by sunshine which had replaced the incessant rain of earlier. Both teams were in their traditional strips as Referee Conor Greenan got proceedings underway. Michael Oliver & the Ashfield Management Team had again to `tinker` with their formation due to injuries and suspension and it was good to see a start for young Aiden Callaghan on the left hand side of Midfield. The Match started off at a good pace with the `field having a lot of possession however were being closed down very quickly by the hard working Oakley side. Chances were at a premium in the early stages and the `field were having to satisfy themselves with corners. It was not all one way traffic with the fife team having a couple of excellent efforts which flew narrowly past Blair Lochhead`s upright.
As the half wore on the `field began to make some openings and a couple of cross balls started to cause concern in the Oakley back four with Sean Slaven looking extremely dangerous up front. In the 24th minute Ashfield made the breakthrough and it was a very well worked goal indeed. Some neat interplay between Bobby Barr and Aiden Quinn down the right flank saw the latter whip in a lovely ball into the edge of the six yard box finding Sean Slaven who bulleted a header in despite the valiant attempt of the United Keeper. Ashfield 1 Oakley Utd 0. Despite the breakthrough chances still remained at a premium however the game would surely `open up` after the hour mark. The `field exerted further pressure until the half was brought to an end but found the Fife side in good form at the back and it was `all to play for` in the second half.
HT:- ASHFIELD 1 OAKLEY UTD 0
The `field did not make any immediate changes at the start of the half however the Glasgow side certainly moved `up a gear` and put the Fife side under pressure from the Kick-Off. A couple of lovely moves down the right hand side saw Sean Grady and Ryan Sinclair whip in some excellent crosses which agonisingly failed to be converted however in the 54th minute Ashfield increased their lead. A lovely through ball from Harry Granger saw Ryan Sinclair utilise his pace down the right flank and as he cut in he drove the ball low and hard in at the front post only to see the Oakley Centre half divert the ball past his own Keeper to put the `field 2-0 up. Ashfield 2 Oakley United 0. To their credit Oakley never let their standards fall and kept on foraging forward at every opportunity however it was Ashfield who began to find some more space with a couple of `close calls` from substitute Fraser Sheridan and Sean Slaven however in the 68th minute the game was effectively over and in some style. Sean Slaven picked up a loose ball midway inside the Oakley half before taking a couple of steps forward and unleashing a 22 yard drive which crashed off the underside of the bar and into the net to the delight of the home support. A real contender for Goal of the Season. Ashfield 3 Oakley United 0. Both sides made a number of substitutes bringing fresh legs on and it was the visitors who managed to pick up on a loose ball in Ashfield`s box on the 81st minute and drill a shot into the corner of the net to reduce the deficit. Ashfield 3 Oakley United 1. Further subs were made as Ashfield pressed forward again with Sean Slaven looking to get his hat-trick and a lovely move three minutes from time saw Fraser Sheridan utilise his pace again before delivering an inch perfect cross low and hard across the six yard box which saw substitute Dean Farmer knock the ball into the net to finish off the scoring. Ashfield 4 Oakley Utd 1. The game hardly had any stoppage time and Referee Greenan brought proceedings to a close with the `field heading into the next round. A very good game was had and we wish Oakley United all the best for the remainder of the Season.
Next up for the `field is a trip to League Leaders Rutherglen Glencairn in the League in what has all the hallmarks of being a terrific Match.
FT:- ASHFIELD 4 OAKLEY UTD 1
Ashfield`s Team:- B Lochhead, R Sinclair, A Quinn, H Granger, S Doherty, J Maley, B Barr, A Callaghan, S Slaven, J Black and S Grady. Subs:- C Beedham, J Bradley, C Quinn, F Sheridan, G Chalmers and G Burns.
Man of the Match:- Some excellent performances from Ashfield today with Ryan Sinclair, Harry Granger and Aiden Quinn putting in excellent performances however Sean Slaven`s link up play and two goals wins him this week`s accolade.
Referee:- Conor Greenan
Match 14:- Rutherglen Glencairn v Ashfield - West of Scotland League Division 1 - Kick Off 2pm - Hamish B Allan Stadium, Toryglen, Glasgow - Saturday 23rd September 2023.
Match Report and Pics to follow.................
HT:- GLENCAIRN - ASHFIELD
Match Report and Pics to follow................
FT:- GLENCAIRN - ASHFIELD
Man of the Match:-
Referee:- Steven Clark
Pic from Pre-Season Friendly in July 2016 at Saracen Park. Ashfield won 3-1. Pictured for Ashfield are Kyle Lochhead & Kevin Kelly