MALPAS manager Tommy Lloyd was far from despondent despite his side crashing out of the Cheshire Cup.
Lloyd was happy to draw the positives from the match - which saw his side score after just 15 seconds of play.
'We weren't in the competition thinking we could win it so we used the game to blood some up-and-coming players. Our target - the priority - is to do well in the league,' he said.
Ashville are second top of the strong West Cheshire League and they were left stunned after 15 seconds.
Sixteen-year-old Huw Moxon won the ball with a strong tackle and then clipped a glorious ball through to Dave Hewitt, who curled a beauty into the top corner. Ashville had the better of the play and deservedly equalised midway through the first half.
Malpas then lost keeper Mel Sutton with injury and so Dickie Desmond took over between the sticks - and played a blinder.
He pulled off a string of fine saves and held Ashville out until five minutes before the end when they finally got the goal their pressure merited.
A minute or two later, Ashville caught Malpas on the break as they pushed forward for an equaliser.
'They were a very good outfit with an impressive set-up,' said Lloyd. 'I was pleased with the way the game went. Moxon did very well and he was partnered in midfield by Ed Barlow, who's also 16, and he did well too. We also played new signing Phil Downey in midfield and he had a cracking game - so there were plenty of plusses for us.'
Malpas face a tough task this Saturday (2.15pm) when they travel to face league high-fliers Trafford.