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IN Saturday’s Premier Division action, Ashton Athletic battled well before slipping to a 2-1 defeat in front of a big crowd at Glossop North End.

Daniel Smith pulled a goal back after the hosts had secured a 2-0 lead just after half-time.

Athletic are back in league action tonight when they host Stone Dominoes.

On Saturday they travel to Silsden.

Athletic currently sit comfortably in 13th place in the top flight table, an impressive effort so far.

Meanwhile, Athletic’s gutsy Youth team lost their North West Youth Alliance Trophy quarter-final tie 3-2 at FC United, with the hosts bagging the winner in stoppage-time.

On target for Ashton were captain Declan Gordon and Darryl Patern [penalty].

Athletic now travel to Formby this Sunday as they get back to league business.

In the North West Counties First Division, Ashton Town were on the wrong end of a 5-1 thumping at Norton United, for whom Paul Rutter bagged a hat-trick.

Joe Hutchins scored Town’s late consolation goal.

Town host Daisy Hill in the league tonight, then have no game scheduled for the coming weekend.

Tonight (Tuesday) Wigan Robin Park entertain Irlam in the North West Counties League Division One Trophy semi-final first leg.

This will be unchartered territory for the Robins who have previously only made it as far as the quarter-final stage.

The Robins are keen to return to action after Saturday’s game at Rochdale Town was cancelled and will be looking to build on their victory – in their top-of-the-table clash – the previous week at Abbey Hey.

Assistant manager Jay Foulds said: “It’s great we can get a game in this week as everybody at the club was disappointed Saturday’s match was off.”

Kick-off at the Arena is 7.45pm and the second leg is on Tuesday, March 20, with the final scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at Ramsbottom United’s ground.

On Saturday the Robins return to league action when Holker Old Boys are the visitors to the Arena.

With Wigan Athletic not playing until Sunday when they travel to Norwich, Robins’ officials are hoping for a good gate to cheer the players on as they approach the business end of the season.