In the 123rd minute - agony and ecstasy ...
... in the Evo-Stik Premier Play-Off Semi-Final ... on holiday this week so a gentle journey up to Gigg Lane, Bury to watch this one - and what a game it was !!! Train - pint in Turks Head (£3-50 - bloody Norah !!) - a packed tram up to Bury and a stroll down Manchester Road. A crowd just shy of 3,000 had gathered - and the general consensus on forums/message boards etc was a win for the home side. FC took the lead on the hour via a hotly-disputed (by some !) penalty - and as the clock ticked round to 92 minutes ... Ashton got the equaliser !!! Into extra-time, and as the clock ticked round to 123 minutes (and I was getting the "penalty shoot-out lens" ready for action) - Ashton got the winner !!!
Pictures from the game at
FCUM 1 Ashton United 2
Cruel for FCUM - a fourth "failure" in the play-offs - but you have to admire the "never say die" spirit of the Ashton team - from start to finish ... not overawed, they got on with the job, kept plugging away throughout - and finally got their just rewards. There were some very happy people there last night !
Still - it IS only half-time - a trip to AFC Fylde beckons on Saturday in the Play-Off Final ... sadly I can't make it (a prior engagement made months ago which CANNOT be undone). Thoughts will be with the Robins though (and I should be able to check out Twitter all afternoon !).
Cracking night out - and I bet there's a few sore heads this morning ...