Ashby Ivanhoe maintain unbeaten start to the season to make it a happy birthday for boss Gray

By Josh Kay

13th Aug 2023 | Local Sport

Action from Ashby Ivanhoe's win at Wisbech on Saturday. Photo: Josh Kay
Action from Ashby Ivanhoe's win at Wisbech on Saturday. Photo: Josh Kay

Wisbech Town 0 Ashby Ivanhoe 2

Ashby Ivanhoe manager Andy Gray celebrated his birthday in style as he watched his team pick up three points in their first away match of the season.

Both sides entered the match unbeaten in the United Counties Premier North, however it was Ivanhoe who seized control with goals either side of half-time.

Will Robson, who saw an effort well saved earlier in the match, gave the visitors the lead midway through the half with a right footed finish that found the net via the post.

He was played through on goal by Danny Quinn who was a constant source of trouble for Wisbech, who were unable to handle his ability to hold the ball up and bring his fellow attackers into the game with excellent link up play.

Despite only having one goal to show for their efforts, Ivanhoe could have been out of sight going into the break.

Sam Grouse blazed over after being played through one on one, and Quinn saw another chance saved after good work in the box by Joel Carta before Robson's opener.

Attacking downhill after the break, Wisbech produced their best 20 minutes of the match, however they looked to play over the top of Ivanhoe's defence far too often, a tactic which proved unsuccessful due to the aerial presence of Joe Neal and Liam Storer.

Ivanhoe continued to be a threat on the counter attack and doubled the lead against the run of play with just under 20 minutes to go.

Grouse used his pace to drive into the box on the left, cutting inside and firing across goal into the path of Wisbech defender Danny Brooks, who bundled the ball into his own net.

With the lead doubled, Ivanhoe wrestled control of the game out of their opponents' hands. For the remainder of the game, Gray's team were utterly dominant and had an excellent chance to score another as Grouse found substitute James Harrison who sliced the bobbling ball past the post from point blank range.

With the three points all but settled as the game approached added time, Wisbech found themselves a man down. Ashby once again launched a devastating counter which resulted in Brooks cynically bringing down Grouse who was through on goal.

The result sees Ashby climb into the play-off places, while it is early into the season, they have made a better start than most could have imagined and have proven that they will be a forced to be reckoned with throughout the campaign.

They return to action on Tuesday night at home to Kimberly Miners Welfare with the hope of maintaining their strong start.


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