Lower Breck remain on the hunt for their first three points in North West Counties League since the start of December after they were beaten 1-4 by Ashton Athletic.

After their courageous 10-man comeback last week to draw 4-4 away to Charnock Richard, it looked like a great opportunity to pick up three points.

But it was the worst possible start for the hosts at the Anfield Sports Community Centre as they went 3-0 down within 18 minutes.

It started in the 13th minute when Ashton’s Thomas Carr turned his man 25 yards out and played a cutting through ball to Christopher Bandell who slotted it past Joshua Liversedge.

Two minutes later, a simple ball over the top saw Carr through on goal and taken down by the goalkeeper but the referee allowed Hogan Ako to finish the move.

Right-back Regan Brown capitalised on a gust of wind which shifted his attempted cross into the net cementing a solid three-goal lead.

Sean Miller cut the deficit to two just minutes later.

Lower Breck take the field
Lower Breck FC (red) Ashton Athletic (blue)

Captain Stephen Milne’s pass required help from a defender to deflect it toward Miller who just did enough to squeeze the ball past James Aspinall.

Lower Breck started the second half with urgency and almost grabbed a second goal straight off the bat.

Miller put it through Niall Moran’s legs and played a teasing ball to Milne which he lofted over the crossbar at full stretch.

A couple of good saves from Aspinall kept the home side at bay until his side put the game to bed in the 78thminute.

Hesitation from Liversedge allowed Adam Hughes to get his head on to a looping cross and scored a straightforward header.

It’s no wins in eight now for Gary Moore’s side, as they head to Burscough Tuesday evening.