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SEASON REVIEW 2016/2017 Ashby then turned their attentions away from league action and back to the Emirates FA Cup and a Preliminary Round tie at Loughborough Dynamo of the Northern League Division One South. Ashby took a large following to the game and they were rewarded as a dominant display against their opponents, two steps higher in the non-league pyramid, saw them to a 3-1 victory. Luke Thorogood gave them a first half lead and in the first twenty minutes of the second half Sam Johnson and Elliott Bott had increased the lead before the home side headed home a consolation in injury time. The first league victory of the season soon followed the following midweek when another fine performance saw visitors Graham Street Prims defeated 6-0. Danny Quinn led the way with a hat-trick with further strikes from Jack Ryder, Royce Turville and Luke Thorogood. The end of the month saw a Bank Holiday weekend double header on the Saturday and Monday. First up was a trip to Dunkirk who had suffered relegation at the end of last season and a close game saw Ashby on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline with Danny Quinn and Royce Turville netting the goals. Bank Holiday Monday saw a local derby against Ellistown & Ibstock United who had made a poor start to the season and sat bottom of the table, a spot they have remained in all season. Despite having plenty of efforts in the first half it remained goalless with the deadlock finally being broken on 56 minutes through Kerr Horn. Goals from Luke Thorogood, substitute Nick Sewell put Ashby 3-0 up before a late penalty for the visitors and two goals from Luke Tozer completed the scoring. SEPTEMBER Following the Ellistown match attention turned back to the FA Cup journey that Ashby were on and it got even better on Friday 2nd September when the FA Cup trophy itself made its way to the town where club officials paraded the trophy around the various sponsors of the club after which a party atmosphere at the NFU Sports Ground saw players and spectators getting the chance to have a photo taken with the most famous trophy in world football while Central News broadcast their sports bulletin live from the ground along with interviews with club chairman Stuart Bonser and captain Sam Johnson. The party atmosphere continued on the Saturday where a record 693 people turned out despite wet and windy conditions to witness Ashby’s biggest ever match in the club’s 68 year history as Northern Premier Division side Ilkeston FC were the visitors. The attendance was the fourth largest recorded in the FA Cup that day beaten only by the matches involving former league club Hereford FC, former conference club Salisbury and Hitchin Town. Unfortunately the FA Cup run was ended as the three step gap between the clubs proved too much of a gap for Ashby to overcome. Despite having a couple of early half chances Ilkeston opened the scoring on 18 minutes and doubled their advantage before the break. The second half again saw Ashby have chances but as the match progressed it was Ilkeston who continued to find the net for a 6-0 victory with Ashby’s manager Miles Warriner summing up the game in just six words: “It was a step too far.” Next up for Ashby was another cup competition, the FA Vase and a home tie against Pelsall Villa. Ashby were made to work hard and the goals didn’t come until a dramatic final 15 minutes. Substitute Nick Sewell finally broke the deadlock on 75 minutes before both Pelsall and Ashby were reduced to ten men with the Ashby dismissal resulting in a penalty for Pelsall which they equalised from. Ashby won the match and a place in the 2nd Qualifying round with a second goal for Sewell a minute from time. Then in the space of a week three league matches brought three league victories. First up was a home match against Kimberley Miners Welfare which saw ten man Ashby battle their way to a narrow 3-2 victory. Goals from Thorogood and Turville before the break had put them in control before the visitors pulled one back just before the hour mark. Jack Ryder then restored the two goal advantage before Kimberley set up a tense finish with their second goal 15 minutes from time but Ashby held on. 16

vs South Normanton Athletic | Saturday 29th April 2017 | www.ashbyivanhoefc.com

Ashby Ivanhoe vs South Normanton Athletic - Matchday Programme 2016/2017 - 29/04/17  
Ashby Ivanhoe vs South Normanton Athletic - Matchday Programme 2016/2017 - 29/04/17  
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