Ashville got back to winning ways with a 3-2 away win at Glossop North End in the Macron Cup 2nd round.
It was a night to remember for Ashville as they ran out victors against NWCFL Premier Division outfit, Glossop North End, in the Macron Cup.
The Villa couldn't of asked for a better start as they took the lead after just three minutes. Debutant Jack Parry, on loan from Crewe Alexandra, cut inside from the left before burying a beautiful curled strike into the top corner.
The fast start had shades of Villa's earlier season form that saw them high in the table and causing shocks in all of the cups. Tonight's win wouldn't come easy however.
After taking the lead Glossop were determined to level the scores quickly. The home side put Villa under constant pressure, pinning the away side into their own half. They nearly got their reward after 17 minutes when a wicked long range effort cannoned off the bar.
It was almost all Glossop for the majority of the first half and the home side had another chance to draw level on 26 minutes when electric winger, Jacques Etia, cut inside Adam Sunners before unleashing a fizzing effort just over the away sides goal.
Less than a minute later Ashville should of had a second. Jack Parry beat his man down the left hand side and squared the ball for Moynes who couldn't quite slot the ball home from 7 yards out.
In the blink of an eye the ball was down the other end of the field and on the 27 minute mark Abdul Djalo tried his luck but was denied by O'Brien. Unfortunately for Villa, O'Brien's parry fell to the feet of Matty Gillam who sneaked the ball into an unguarded bottom corner to level the tie.
Ashville regrouped after the goal to finish the half with a dogged defensive performance. Despite a barrage of Glossop corners, the away side held firm to go into the break all square.
Ashville came out into the second half with the bit between their teeth, determined to not let another cup competition fall by the wayside. It was a real warriors performance and that was exemplified by goalkeeper, Dylan O'Brien who took a shot straight to the groin but was back on his feet in a matter of seconds. It was a brilliant save from O'Brien who came out quickly to deny Etia from giving the hosts the lead.
On the hour mark Ashville flipped the script in their hosts once more. Some smart play down the left by Peter Morgan saw the winger get into a crossing position. What followed next was one of the most bizarre goals I have ever seen. Morgan fired a low cross into the near post where it was met by Ellis Allen but the Glossop keeper spilt the ball under pressure from Davies and could only watch on helplessly as the ball came off Davies' leg and spun over the goal line. Villa had the lead once more, this time they were determined to finish the job.
With 70 minutes on the clock, Ashville wrapped the tie up. A throw in on the far side from Sunners went into the path of Moynes who spun his man and put another near post cross into the box. Yet again poor defending would cost Glossop as James Badrock got his legs in a twist and missed his clearance, Peter Morgan was on hand to punish the Glossop centre half by slotting his half volley into the bottom corner to give Villa a 3-1 lead.
Glossop almost hit back just 6 minutes later when a goalmouth cross was cleared at the last second by Connor Courtnell who once again impressed at left back.
Glossop piled on the pressure in the hunt for a second to keep the game within reach but despite another flurry of corners and free kicks the home side just couldn't break through a determined and resilient Villa side.
They would eventually break through with 84 minutes on the clock to set up a nervy finish. A near post corner eventually bundled home by Jacques Etia to give the home side hope.
Game management has been a concern for Ashville this season but they were quite simply excellent in this encounter. The away side kept the door slammed shut on their Premier Division opponents as they ate away at the clock and put their bodies on the line in a performance that every player should be proud of. It was shades of the day in-form Ashville from before Christmas and the torrid run of postponements.
Ashville saw the game out to progress to the 3rd round of the Macron Cup where they will once again be in the road and seeking revenge against a Stockport Georgians side that beat Villa 3-1 in early January. That tie will take place on Tuesday 6th February with kick off at 7:45PM. The scheduled league fixture against Cammell Laird 1907 for the same evening will be rearranged with a date yet to be announced.