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Villa Make It Five Unbeaten

Ashville moved into the playoff places on Tuesday night as they dismantled last season's beaten playoff finalists, Sandbach United, at Ray Parker Stadium

Ben Greenop returned to the side after missing the weekends draw against Abbey Hulton as he completed the 3 Peaks Challenge for charity. It took the striker just 54 seconds to get Villa off the mark when he placed a wonderful long range effort into the far corner, giving Ashville a well appreciated early lead.

The lead nearly disappeared in front of Villa's eyes in the fourth minute when a well cut back cross for Sandbach was blasted wide, many would argue it was easier to score.

An unsuccessful penalty appeal 24 minutes in was forgotten ten minutes later when Luke Boylan scored from a corner. It was the midfielders first goal for the club after signing over the summer.

The hosts kept the pressure up and on the stroke of half time, Peter Morgan's pressure on the Sandbach back line caused an under hit back pass which the forward was quick to pounce on. He expertly rounded the keeper and placed the ball into an open net.

With twenty minutes to go, the Ashville faithful were treated to the long awaited return of winger, Lewis Moynes. It took Moynes only 6 minutes to make an impact when he played Greenop through the middle, Greenop powered through and expertly placed the ball beyond the keeper.

Five minutes later and Moynes was at it again, this time lifting the ball over a defenders head and took the volley on first time but it just didn't dip soon enough for a certain goal of the season contender.

A late flurry from Sandbach was quelled by the fantastic performance of Michael Dixon in goal. The performance was made even more impressive considering Villa's number 1 was suffering from a bout of illness prior to kick off.

The impressive win made it five unbeaten for Ashville who will be looking to extend that run even further this weekend when Stockport Georgians visit Ray Parker Stadium in a 3pm kick off.



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