Gainsborough Trinity sent crashing out of FA Trophy as lower league Ashton United roar back from early setback

Gainsborough Trinity vs Aston Utd. Adam Drury clashes with goalkeeper Paul Phillips
Gainsborough Trinity vs Aston Utd. Adam Drury clashes with goalkeeper Paul Phillips

Gainsborough Trinity went a goal up inside three minutes on Tuesday in the FA Trophy, but Evo-Stik side Ashton United roared back to stun their visitors with a 3-1 win.

It took Ashton just three minutes to level, before they completed the turnaround on the stroke of half-time and sealed the result late on.

Making two changes from the side that drew with the same opponents on Saturday, and tinkering with the formation, Steve Housham drafted Liam Davis and Anthony Wilson into the side at the expense of Adam Drury and Darryn Stamp.

Moving to a fluid 5-2-3 formation, things couldn’t have started any better for Trinity as Stephen Brogan reached a loose ball, took it round the advancing Paul Phillips in the home goal, and swept home brilliantly.

Ashton’s Jeff King saw yellow for a foul on Davis, and then set up the equaliser, Martin Pilkington providing the finish.

Chances came and went for Trinity, and they were made to rue the missed opportunities when Pilkington and King kept possession down the left and teed up Steve Mason to drill home Ashton’s second.

Following a half time roasting, Gainsborough came out of the traps again quickly, Davis doing well down the right and delivering a centre that Josh Lacey wasn’t quite able to divert goalwards.

Ashton made one change at the break, replacing Banim with the younger legs of Joe Melia and the tricky winger was to pose no end of problems for the National League North side.

With just over 20 minutes to go, Jamie Yates used his pace to get in behind the Ashton backline, but couldn’t find the finish.

And with the visitors pressing for the equaliser, the impressive King robbed Dominic Roma on the halfway line and raced in on goal, slipping the ball under Jan Budtz to wrap up the game and send Trinity out of the competition.

Trinity: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Brogan, McKay, Picton, Russell, D’Laryea, Davis (Stamp 72), Wilson (Drury 58), Yates. Not used: Binns, Bembrose, Hedge.

Ashton United: Phillips, Coo, Mason, Gorton, Connor, Lees, King, Gee, Pilkington, (Johnson 81) Banim (Melia 45), Morning (Chadwick 70). Not used: Vincent, Samberg

Goals: Pilkington 6, Mason 35, King 79; Brogan 3

Yellows: King (foul).

Referee: Elizabeth Simms.

Assistants: Robert Shaerwood, Colin Whitaker.