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Ashville Slump To Home Loss

Ashville's current winless run has now extended to six games.

Ashville slumped to a rare home defeat on Tuesday evening against a New Mills side attempting the great escape.

The Millers currently sit rock bottom of NWCFL Division One South after a torrid start to the season. Villa would of been hoping for a repeat of August's 5-2 victory against the same opposition in the Isuzu FA Vase.

There would be some early controversy as a kit clash caused some minor problems for the match referee. New Mills had opted to wear grey for the second time at Ashville this season, clashing with the home sides white shirts. Ashville offered the away side a red change of spare kit, this was refused by New Mills and the game went ahead as they were.

It wasn't a good start for Villa, New Mills shocking the home side just 12 minutes into the game when a well directed strike from Danny Warburton found the bottom corner.

Ashville were struggling to create clear cut chances but feel they should of converted at least one of the many crosses into the New Mills box in a frantic first half.

Villa's next exciting opportunity came in the form of Ben Greenop, the striker expertly plucking the ball out of the air with his chest before a half volley on the turn was saved by Joe Oldham.

With just over 5 minutes until half time, The Millers nearly doubled their lead when a long range effort from Merrill skid just wide of Carr's upright.

The away side would have another golden opportunity in added time, Tom Hartley and Tom Quinn had a mix up in communication which saw Hartley's pass land at the feet of Hall who rounded Carr and was only thwarted by an excellent, sliding, goal line block from Shaun Farrall.

Villa were determined to show the quality which had them sat in the playoffs earlier in the season and in the second half it didn't take them long to get firing. Nathan Haynes took advantage of the visitors high line to play Ben Greenop in behind. Greenop looked certain to score and indeed he would of if Oldham didn't make a miraculous save with his right leg to keep the scores level.

Oldham's save seemed to take the wind out of Ashville's sails as New Mills took complete control of the game hereafter. They couldn't convert their dominance into goal scoring chances though, Villa just about hanging on.

It would be amidst this control though that New Mills would give away a corner after some sloppy defending. Finally, Ashville would take their chance. The corner wasn't cleared at all well and was left to bounce in the box and who would be on hand other than Ben Greenop. Greenop smashed the ball in on the half volley, this time giving Oldham absolutely no chance.

The scores were level, against the run of play, but this game was never going to be an ordinary one. The swing of momentum swung Ashville's way once again with the goal giving the home side a new breath of confidence and hope. Two goal line clearances just seconds apart being the closest Villa would come to nicking the win.

Then came the sucker punch...

New Mills broke up the field and despite a good Ashville recovery, there was nothing they could do to stop substitute, Sam Deering, from rifling one into the top corner from 25 yards out.

The game would finish with New Mills gaining a huge 3 points as they fight for their survival in NWCFL. The two sides still have to face off one more time this season when Ashville travel to Derbyshire, no doubt with revenge on their mind.

Next up for Villa however, it's another home game this weekend. Ashville will welcome high flying Abbey Hey to Ray Parker Stadium on Saturday 13th Jan with a 3pm kick off.

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