Bucks fans have found a new hero in Daniel Udoh, and it was
his second-half double that kept his side unbeaten and maintained a 100% home
record over a well-organised Ashton.
Gavin Cowan’s side had found themselves a goal down after a
first half of few chances. The closest the Bucks went was an Andre Brown header
over the bar, however on 38 minutes John McAtee, a former Telford loan signing,
put the visitors ahead, when he latched onto Liam Tomsett’s pass to round Max
Bramley and roll the ball home.
Ashton suffered a double blow just after the hour that shifted
the momentum Telford’s way. First, Udoh scored a fortuitous equaliser; Matt
Regan’s attempt to clear struck the Bucks forward’s outstretched foot and cannoned
past keeper Luke Pilling’s left-hand from 18 yards. Ashton manager Jody Banim
made a double substitution, using all his changes, and seconds later Aaron Chalmers
had to leave the field too, caught by an unintentional stray arm from Andre
Down to ten men, Ashton sat deep but the added creativity of
Bucks substitute Adam Dawson started to stretch them. On 85 minutes, midfielder
Henry Cowans showed sublime skill to cut the ball back from the left touchline
and Udoh smashed in across Pilling from close range to seal the win, and break
Ashton’s hearts.Ashton: Pilling, Jacobs (Sephton 45),
Hill, Chalmers, Regan, Lees (c), Jackson, Tomsett,
Hobson (Evangelinos 64), McAtee (Platt 64), Bakare.
Unused subs: McHale, Anghel.