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Ashington AFC

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Bishop Auckland

Sat 12 Nov 2016 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Home

Stadium

Woodhorn Lane

Attendance

160

Referee

Rebecca Welch

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Bishop Auckland were on the receiving end of a double six hit by Ashington at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday. Victory for the Colliers stretched their unbeaten run in the league to six matches whilst Ben Harmison – more widely known in cricketing circles - netted his sixth goal in the last five games with a superb double. Recent acquisition Dan O’Reilly was on the score sheet for the first time but fans at the Wansbeck club were treated to a week of absorbing soccer as the five goal thriller had been preceded by a pulsating 2-2 draw against Marske United in midweek. Before the game, players, officials and supporters observed an impeccable minutes silence for Armistice Day. After a cautious opening, both sides created a chance a piece within sixty seconds. Michael Hoganson had a shot fisted out by home ‘keeper Conor Grant then when play switched to the other end, O’Reilly and David Dormand worked a one-two with the latter’s effort being palmed away by Bishops stopper Edward Wilczynski. Chances were in short supply until Bishops threatened through James Fairley but his pull back was blocked. Ben Harmison headed wide then a great through ball released Andrew Johnson until he was halted in his tracks by a brilliant tackle by Wayne Buchanan. Ashington went in front in the 19th minute. Kyle Downey found Ben Harmison who slipped the ball through for O’Reilly and the winger advanced to the edge of the six yards box before producing a great left foot finish across Wilczynski from a tight angle. However, the visitors were level within two minutes. The home defence stopped waiting for an offside flag which never came and Hoganson fired a low drive wide of Grant and inside the far post. Johnson and Jonathan Wright spurned opportunities – but five minutes before the break, it was nevertheless the prolific Johnson who eased his side in front. Andre Bennett’s header from a Fairley cross smacked against the bar with the ball bouncing down for Johnson who hooked home from close range. Ben Harmison had a header cleared from the danger zone but the Colliers trailed 2-1 at the interval. Ashington were positive on the resumption. Downey found Dormand down the left but when he slipped the ball across, O’Reilly hit the side netting. Dormand had a header clutched by Wilczynski from a Paul Antony free kick then Ben Harmison clipped over. On the hour, Wright pounced on a home error but as he went around the advancing Grant, his touch took him wide and he side footed wide. A significant turning point arrived in the 71st minute when Hoganson fired inches wide of Grant’s left hand post as fifty seconds later, Ashington were back on terms. Ben Harmison met a first time cross from the left by Luke Salmon to send a majestic header from eight yards into the net via the underside of the crossbar. Five minutes later, Harmison was again on target to put his side in front for a second time in the contest. Ashington were awarded a free kick on the left touchline and when Antony whipped the restart into the area with pace, Harmison glanced a superb header just inside the far corner. On 85 minutes, Grant gathered the ball at the second attempt from a Johnson shot before referee Rebecca Welch blew for full time - which then saw the home side receive a standing ovation from their supporters as they left the pitch. *On Saturday, Ashington are away to Jarrow Roofing (3pm).

Ashington: Grant, Henderson, Salmon, Antony, J Harmison, Buchanan, Downey (Christensen 82 minutes), S Bell, Dormand (Bulford 68 minutes), B Harmison, O’Reilly. Subs not used: Simpson, Glasper (gk)

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