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Almost a Clean Sweep for Phillips

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The selection of Ashton United’s top scorer Aaron Burns as players’ player of the year prevented Paul Phillips from….

…..achieving a clean sweep of awards as the goalkeeper picked up the supporters`, managers` and Directors awards at a presentation ceremony following the Robins’ last home game of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division season on Saturday.

Burns, who is currently out of the side through injury, has led Ashton’s scoring charts for each of his three seasons at the club and thoroughly deserves some recognition for his performances whilst at Hurst Cross.

Phillips only arrived at Ashton in September from neighbours Droylsden but soon seized his chance when regular custodian Terry Smith was suspended – and he started as he meant to go on with a clean sheet at Witton Albion, despite the home side having the opportunity to score from a late penalty.

Phillips has now kept ten clean sheets this season and Ashton have conceded none of the last five penalties awarded against them, with four saved and one hitting the crossbar

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