Puzzled, bewildered and wondering if this really is a bogey ground.

Ashville 2-1 Maghull

Saturday 9th November kick off 2.30pm Pyke Cup

I have no idea what Maghull have to do to win at Ashville, but playing well and dictating the play does not seem to be the answer.

For the second time this season, we have been the better side, played the better football, yet come away with nothing.

In fairness to the home side, they did play a part in the first half. But the way they took the lead, had us scratching our heads and will leave a certain party quite miffed. I would love to explain how the ball ended up in the net, but I cannot fathom it out. All I know is, an innocuous corner ended up with Maghull being one down. Sound similar to the league game here a few weeks back ?

This time though, Maghull did get their reward and the sides went into the break level, thanks to a great through ball by Ryan Stamper, Rob Dutton was in. He and Steve Williams both clean through, but Rob struck a shot low into the far corner and finally the Ashville keepers luck against us had gone. Considering that we should have been one up anyway, only for the keepers legs to keep out Tom Whartons effort, the half time score was probably fair.

The second half was mainly one way traffic. The hosts did strike the crossbar on a rare sorty into Maghulls half, but the chances kept coming and going for Maghull. Steve Williams took a tad too much time and saw his effort blocked, Tom Whartons effort from the rebound was cleared away for a corner. Jay McGranes pace tore the Ashville defence to pieces at times and he had a cracking chance to put us ahead but somehow put his shot the wrong side of the post. Steve Williams day was summed up, when after good work and making a clear chance, his strike went over the bar.

It was surely just a matter of time before we got the winner, but instead Ashville did.

A long ball into Maghulls half saw the defence flood back. It looked like we had plenty of protection as Ashville squared the ball and any danger was eliminated. A weak shot struck a Maghull defender, but bounced back to the player at a nice height to hit a shot that could have gone anywhere, but looped over Lee Carrol and nestled in the net.

The remaining minutes saw plenty of huff and puff. a good effort from Lee Tynan that the keeper kept out and the final whistle saw our exit from the Pyke Cup, for the second year running, at Ashvilles ground.

Take the Champagne off ice and leave the Bourbon on the shelf. Still a lot to play for this season and surely some better luck.

Next game Christleton home (at last) Saturday 16th November kick off 2pm

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