MATCH PREVIEW | Ashton Athletic vs West, Tuesday 20 November

Key Details

? Tuesday 20 November
⏰ 7.45pm
? Brocstedes Park, Downall Green, Ashton in Makerfield, WN4 0NR
? NWCFL Premier Division
?️ £6 / £3 concessions / £1 Under 12s

Match Preview

West travel to Wigan looking to avenge recent results against Ashton Athletic, whilst also hoping to maintain a turnaround in form over the past week.

Having lost 9 in a row, West are now unbeaten in two for the first time since a draw against Bootle and a win against Whitchurch Alport at the end of August. This current run has seen Steve Settle’s men earn a valuable cup victory away at low-level opposition Eccleshall, before being unlucky to settle for a draw at home to Litherland Remyca on Saturday. Looking a lot more like the sides seen at Brookburn Road in the past, there was still some defensive frailty – but, crucially, the addition of Mark Derbyshire and return of Ashley Leather gave some much needed cutting edge. A game against an Ashton Athletic side that has provided some of the low points of the past few seasons will be a litmus test of this recovery.

Ashton are currently the last team to beat West – all of three games ago. This fixture will take place exactly two weeks after the Yellows visited Chorlton and returned home with a place in the next round of the Lancashire FA Trophy and a 5-0 win that never looked in doubt. They’ve kept up this moment since, defeating Whitchurch Alport 2-1 before a 6-0 away win at Abbey Hey over the weekend. Currently sitting 13th in the table, Ashton – like most in the league, given the current runaway success of leaders City of Liverpool – can already discount a tilt at the title, but could go some way to consolidating their position with a win. This same fixture last season was a particular low point, a 7-1 loss proving to the a particularly grim Christmas present for the travelling support on the day before Christmas Eve. West, sitting in 19th and with a lot more on their plate at the moment than their hosts, will be hoping to return to South Manchester having put some ghosts to bed and with more precious points on the board.

At a glance

West v Ashton Athletic
19th Position 13th
LLLWD Form (all competitions) DLWWW
17 Played 17
2 Won 6
3 Drawn 3
12 Lost 8
9 Points 21
18 Goals for 22
44 Goals against 23
Joe Shaw (4) Top scorer (all competitions) Joshua Nicholson (11)
West v Ashton Athletic (NWCFL only): P10, W1, D6, L3, F13 A29

Last 5 NWCFL meetings

Saturday 19th December 2015
Premier Division
West Didsbury & Chorlton 0-3 Ashton Athletic
Ian Rowlands (4)
Daniel Smith (41)
Daniel Smith (52)
Att: 166

 

Tuesday 11th October 2016
Premier Division
Ashton Athletic 2-3 West Didsbury & Chorlton HT: 0-1
Marcus Cusani (69)
Marcus Cusani (76)
Jonny Poizer (18)
Rob Black (66)
Rob Black (83)
Att: 52

 

Saturday 5th November 2016
Premier Division
West Didsbury & Chorlton 2-5 Ashton Athletic HT: 2-0
Carlos Mendes Gomes (29)
Ash Woods (45)
Stephen Kay (58)
Matty Reid (83)
Adam Gilchrist (85)
Adam Gilchrist (86)
Adam Gilchrist (90)
Att: 165

 

Saturday 23rd December 2017
Premier Division
Ashton Athletic 7-1 West Didsbury & Chorlton HT: 3-0
Daniel Smith (4)
Daniel Smith (12)
Daniel Smith (17)
Joshua Nicholson (55)
Joel Brownhill (60)
Jamie Harrison (67)
Jamie Harrison (86)
Georgi Whyment (62) Att: 82

 

Saturday 5th May 2018
Premier Division
West Didsbury & Chorlton 4-2 Ashton Athletic HT: 1-0
Own Goal (1)
Ashley Woods (47)
Thomas Bailey (51)
Thomas Bailey (85)
Joel Brownhill (70)
Joel Brownhill (86p)
Att: 234

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