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Villa Lose At Barnton

Despite being by far the better team, Ashville fell to defeat in Cheshire.

Ashville's woes continued on Wednesday night as a first half strike from Wirral lad, Lee Turkington, was enough to sink Villa.

It was Ashville who got the first opportunity of the game on 8 minutes when Toby Jones outmuscled his marker to fire a low cross into Josh Maldon, the Villa midfielder didn't get the cleanest of contacts and it was easily gathered by Patrick McLoughlin.

Just four minutes later and Villa were behind. An inswinging corner caught Ebbrell out and went over the Ashville keeper before hitting the post. The Villa defence weren't alert to the second ball which was duly smashed into the roof of the net by Lee Turkington.

From that point on it was almost complete Ashville domination but the away side just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. Josh Maldon and Connor Courtnell seeing efforts go over the bar for the visitors before half time.

The second half would be more of the same. Josh Maldon didn't take long to test McLoughlin's awareness with a tight turn and shot in the box but the Barnton keeper was well positioned to deal with it.

Barnton did remind Ashville that they were still there and were a real and present danger in the 58th minute when Turkington caught Villa on the counter attack and forced Ebbrell into a good save before the follow up was blocked wide for a corner.

Ashville thought they had a gateway to an equaliser just four minutes later when Peter Morgan appeared to be taken down in the box but the penalty appeals were waved away by the referee.

That incident would precede a chaotic 20 minutes which saw both teams go hammer for nail in an enthralling end to end contest. Courtnell saw a goal bound effort blocked before a last ditch challenge up the other end denied Barnton a second. Barnton would make it back to back chances after Peter Morgan lost possession just outside his own box before a curling effort went inches wide. Villa then went straight up the other end with Courtnell firing a first time cross into second half subtitute, Ben Greenop but the former Chester man headed wide.

Ben Greenop would have another chance to be the hero as the game entered stoppage time but his poked effort was smothered by McLoughlin before Toby Jones could follow in to tap into an empty net.

Despite dominating the game for well over an hour, the lack of goals saw Villa walk away with nothing. It's a real gut punch for an Ashville side who travel to title chasing Brocton on Saturday before 3 home games in 5 days next week. Villa will need to pick up points and fast with the season drawing to a close and the clubs league position becoming ever more dangerous

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