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Ashville Dominate New Mills in Isuzu FA Vase

The forwards were on fire for Ashville in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round.

The road to Wembley begun on Saturday as Ashville hosted league rivals, New Mills, at Ray Parker Stadium.

Ashville got off to a bright start, controlling the game from the first whistle and playing the majority of their football in The Millers' half.

After 14 minutes the deadlock was broken by Tom Davies, the mercurial winger receiving the ball on the edge of the box from Greenop, before dropping the shoulder to create space for a rifling effort into the bottom left hand corner to give the hosts the lead.

New Mills were determined to not have a repeat of Tuesday's heavy 5-1 home loss to Abbey Hulton United and nearly drew level on 22 minutes, when Elliot Cooke got the better of Adam Sunners on the left, cutting inside the right back before drilling a shot into the side netting.

Ten minutes later and Ashville had doubled the lead thanks to some more great work by Tom Davies. The winger beat his man on the right and drilled a low, hard cross along the 6 yard box where Parrington was on hand to tap the ball home.

The visitors applied some late pressure and got a goal back in added time. A deep free kick was floated into the box and wasn't cleared by the Villa defence, instead the ball was allowed to drop at the feet of Kyle Hawley who smashed the ball home from 12 yards out to give The Millers a lifeline.

They nearly grabbed that lifeline with both hands as just after the break, Elliot Cooke once again found himself in a shooting position, once again he could only find the side netting.

Ashville restored their two goal advantage on 51 minutes when Greenop got himself on the scoresheet. The red hot strikers volleyed effort from the edge of the area was parried by Forth, Greenop beating the defender to the rebound to tap the ball home for his fifth goal of the season in all competitions.

Peter Morgan really should of made it 4-1 just two minutes later when Parrington played an Iniesta-esque ball through the defence to the winger. Morgan was in acres of space and time stood still as Forth stared him down. Morgan got his shot off but an excellent save from Forth denied Morgan his first FA Vase goal.

It was 4-1 just five minutes later however, as Parrington found himself in behind the New Mills defence on the counter and calmly slotted the ball past Forth for his second on the day.

With just 2 minutes to go an Ashville corner led to the home side getting a penalty. The ball bounced and a New Mills defender blatantly controlled the ball with his arm, the referee in no hesitation to award the spot kick.

Up stepped Parrington on the managers orders. Forth got a hand to it but it was just too hot to handle and the ball nestled into the bottom corner, giving Parrington his first hat trick in an Ashville shirt and the perfect way for the hosts to round off such a dominant display.

Speaking after the game, Gary Jones had this to say "Yeah I'm delighted, to score five goals at home I'm absolutely over the moon. It's brilliant to get into the second (qualifying) round". On Ashville's next round opponents, FC St Helens, Jones said "It'll be a tough game, their top of the league in the northern section so it'll be a really tough game but I think we'll give anyone a game if we play at our best".

Ashville are next in action Bank Holiday Monday 28th away to Abbey Hey. They are next back in action at Ray Parker Stadium on September 5th for the rearranged fixture against Sandbach United.

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