By Thomas Reyer
Both Ashton United and Warrington Town are having excellent seasons so far in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. They face off in an FA Trophy replay on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw at Hurst Cross.
Ashton currently sit fifth in the league, three points behind second-placed Warrington. However, the previous tie was the third game the two sides have met this season and the Yellows are yet to defeat the Robins.
Warrington missed countless chances in the reverse tie and suffered the consequences when Ashton took the lead against the run of play. It took a fortuitous goal from Warrington’s Aboubacar Sanogo to level the tie and set up a replay.
Following last round’s meeting between these sides, Ashton manager Jody Banim told Live Sports FM : “I think we were lucky to get a draw, I thought Warrington were much the better side.
“The best thing after that performance is that we’re still in the trophy.”
Warrington’s form in their previous five fixtures has been relatively poor. They have only emerged victorious twice, whereas, Ashton are unbeaten in five and have picked up three wins during that time.
The victor of this fixture is set to face Tamworth FC of the National League North in the third qualifying round.
The Robins’ best ever finish in the FA Trophy was back in the 1996/97 season where they reached the quarter-final. Similarly, the highest round Warrington have reached is also the quarter-final which they achieved four years prior to Ashton in the 1992/93 season.
Ashton United’s highest ever league finish is 14th in their current division, which they achieved back in the 2003/04 season.
Last season was Warrington’s first year in the Northern Premier League Northern Division, where they respectably finished in 10th, their best ever league finish.
Warrington Town manager Paul Carden played 436 times over the course of his career, playing for clubs such as Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers and Peterbrough United.
Ashton United moved into their ground, Hurst Cross, in 1880. This makes it one of the oldest football venues in the world.