ASHBOURNE FC suffered a home defeat to Congleton Athletic on Saturday as their quest for league points went on in a game that has been keenly contested over the years.
Paul Spencer returned to the side as Rob Austin dropped to centre-half to replace the injured Liam Gibson.
Charles Mann was first to bring the Congleton keeper into action as his header was clawed out one–handed to keep the scores level.
Callum Woolley was unlucky with another effort that hit the Congleton post as Ashbourne looked to find a way through.
George Taylor was introduced to the action as a replacement for the injured Jon Cragg and was soon into action with several interceptions and some good passes.
The second half again saw Woolley
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strike the post, but Congleton knew that it was going to be their day when their centre forward slid the ball between Harrison Avery and Taylor to open the scoring.
Congleton were now a bit quicker to the ball and were getting some telling tackles in all across the park.
The visitors extended the lead further with 10 minutes left to play and were now looking to shut the game down as Ashbourne ran out of ideas.
The final whistle sounded and Congleton were deserved victors and Ashbourne must try to put the chances away when they come along.
ASHBOURNE: Avery, Cragg, Austin, Taylor, Wright, Millward, Spencer, Etherington, Twigg, Mann, Woolley, Taylor, Lomas