Banim Happy With Robins' Second Half Reaction In Thriller

Ashton United must have thought they were heading for a first defeat of the season going in 3-1 down at half-time to neighbours FC United of Manchester, writes Tom Scott.

But a dramatic second-half turnaround saw the visitors snatch what seemed an impossible victory at the break after a seven-goal thriller.

Robins manager Jody Banim had mixed fortunes about the game after his sides first-half collapse but admitted that to get the win was huge for his team.

“It was frustrating and pleasurable,” he told the club’s official website. “I think for the first 15 minutes, we played some really good football and absolutely opened them up then deservedly went one nil in front.

“They weren’t able to get anywhere near us in that first 15 minutes, we moved the ball very well and then we conceded a really horrible goal.

“The disappointing thing then is that our heads went, our shape went, we lost all our discipline and it was spoken about in great detail at half-time. We had a mad ten minutes where we’ve conceded three really poor goals, we were all over the place.

Ashton are unbeaten so far in the early stages of the season and with a tough test against Kidderminster Harriers on the horizon, Banim will want his side to fight all the way for another win.

He said: “Every single point we acquire from now until the end of the season could be massive, that’s what my teams are all about – they never know when they’re beaten, and they’ll fight for every ball.

“We’re going to concede goals, we’re going to lose games but it’s about how you react to it and it’s how you lose, you lose in the right way.

“You have to react to losing games and that’s what we’ve done tonight and that’s why we turned the game around,” he added.

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