Superb Ashes move up to fifth

By Nigel Walrond   |   Sports Editor   |
Thursday 10th March 2022 5:00 pm
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SALTASH United survived the first-half sending off of Callum Martindale to beat fourth-spot Bridgwater United 2-1 at the newly-named Waterways Stadium last night.

The match took place after a pitch inspection as the Ashes looked to build on their fine win over Buckland Athletic at the weekend.

Bridgwater had comfortably beaten Saltash 3-0 in the reverse fixture last August, so the Ashes were determined to gain revenge.

Saltash took a 25th-minute lead through Reece Thomson, but they then lost Martindale nine minutes later when he was sent off after a tackle.

They made it 2-0 in the 67th minute through Sam Hughes, but Bridgwater pulled a goal back in the 75th minute when Jacob Spence headed home from a corner to set up a tense finish in which Ashes goalkeeper Ryan Rickard pulled off a great save to deny Spence.

Ashes are now up to fifth in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division table and visit Keynsham Town on Saturday.

The two scheduled Kitchen Kit South West Peninsula League Premier West matches - Liskeard v Dobwalls and Bodmin v St Blazey - were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches.