Robins turn on the style at the Arena

Phil Howard.          PIC BY MARC TAYLOR

WIGAN Robin Park ruthlessly brushed aside a young Stone Dominoes team at the Arena.

Their 6-0 victory – the Robins’ highest in the North West Counties Premier Division – was probably a true reflection of the game, although five of the goals came in the last quarter of the match.

Phil Howard broke the deadlock on 15 minutes when he chased down a backpass, beat the goalkeeper to it, tipped it around him and knocked the ball into an open net.

Ryan Small had a chance on 34 minutes when he took the ball around the keeper but couldn’t finish.

Before the half was out Sean White, Howard and Richie Livingston all had great opportunities to extend the Robins’ lead but good defending kept them out.

Sensing they had got away with a first-half hammering Dominoes started the second period with a spring in their step and dominated the first 15 minutes as they took the game to the home side.

However, the Robins’ rearguard stood firm and limited them to a couple of long-range efforts which Jay Foulds dealt easily with.

The Robins got back into the game and began to turn the screw resulting in the final goal fest.

Three goals in six minutes settled the contest.

On 73 minutes, Howard made it two, three minutes later it was Small with a neat finish, before substitute Joe Hull got his second senior Robins’ goal as he continued his impressive start to his Wigan career.

There was still time for Howard to complete his hat-trick in the 83rd minute while Small got his second and the Robins’ sixth with two minutes remaining.

Phil Howard was awarded man-of-the match while the Robins’ spectators accolade went to Ben Kay for his accomplished performance in the centre of defence.

It was a convincing result that pleased manager John Neafcy.

He said: “It was a patchy performance at times, but we did a lot of things right and we got some very good goals.

“We’re still developing as a team and it was pleasing to see lads like Richie Livingston and Joe Hull – who were playing local amateur football a couple of months ago – adapting to this standard and beginning to shine.”

Elsewhere in the NWCFL top flight at the weekend, Ashton Athletic slid to a disappointing 2-0 at Maine Road.

Athletic are currnetly in 18th place in the division.

In Division One, Ashton Town won 3-1 at Irlam. On target for the Wigan side were Sean Robinson, Michael R Boyle and Michael Cummins.