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Ashington AFC

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Whitley Bay

Tue 14 Mar 2017 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Home

Stadium

Woodhorn Lane

Attendance

225

Referee

Jonathan Urwin

Kick-Off

19:30

By Brian Bennett

Ashington and Whitley Bay played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night. The Colliers went into the game following back to back defeats against North Shields and West Allotment Celtic respectively whilst the Seahorses were unbeaten in their last four encounters. The game was fast and open and after Callum Patton had given the visitors the lead midway through the first period, Ben Harmison levelled shortly before the break. Ashington boss Steve Harmison had asked his players for a massive improvement – and he certainly got it as his side made a positive start and had two great opportunities to take the lead inside the first three minutes. Indeed the first chance came after only 20 seconds. Shaun Bell found Ben Sampson down the right and after the youngster had crossed, the ball was knocked back into the middle by Lee McAndrew but Ben Harmison failed to apply a good connection and his effort rolled wide. It was Sampson – outstanding in the opening 25 minutes - who set up the next chance sending Ryan McGorrigan through but his hooked effort from 20 yards drifted narrowly wide of the far post. Callum Patton had Whitley’s first threat as he accelerated into the area only to be foiled by a superb tackle by Craig Scott. Back came Ashington with Jonathan Tiffoney linking with Harmison whose left foot drive was deflected behind for a corner. In the 12th minute, the best opportunity of the game arrived when Kyle Patton latched onto a diagonal through ball which put him one on one with goalkeeper Conor Grant but the stopper did brilliantly to thwart him. Scott blocked Thibault Charmey and from the resulting corner on the left, Andrew Robertson’s front post flick brought a smart save out of Grant. Play switched repeatedly with McGorrigan’s searching pass finding McAndrew whose cross was placed wide by Harmison. However in the 21st minute, Whitley edged in front following a corner on the right. The ball was knocked back across by Charmey for Callum Patton who calmly slotted inside the far corner. Ashington retaliated and after McGorrigan had had an effort deflected, Bell found Sampson whose excellent 25 yarder was pushed away by Flynn diving to his right. Harmison then connected with a cross from McAndrew only for his left foot volley to clip the inside of the post and roll away to safety. However five minutes before the break, it was Harmison who deservedly got his side back on terms. Shaun Henderson pumped a free-kick from the right into the danger area where Harmison rose to send a majestic header from six yards wide of Flynn and inside the upright. Early chances after the interval saw Alex Kempster drag an effort wide from a Tom Potter cross then Tiffoney volley over from six yards. A left footer from Robertson fizzed across the face of the home goalmouth then on 75 minutes, Ashington came close to going in front following a route one move. Harmison glanced on a goal kick from Grant to McGorrigan but his low cross just eluded the incoming McAndrew. Still it was end to end and after Flynn had clutched a Harmison header on the line, a whipped free kick from the left by Callum Patton somehow squirmed through a posse of players in the area before going behind for a goal kick. The home side had the final chance – but were denied by the brilliance of Flynn. Harmison again flicked the ball on for substitute Andrew Bulford who beat his marker then unleashed a rasping right foot drive which Flynn touched over.

Ashington: Grant, Henderson, Christensen, S Bell, Scott, Buchanan, Sampson, Tiffoney (Richardson 66 minutes), McGorrigan, B Harmison, McAndrew (Bulford 77 minutes). Subs not used: R Bell, Antony, Salmon.

Whitley Bay: Flynn, Haley, McDonald, C Patton, Anderson, Keltie (Wilkinson 65 minutes), Potter, Charmey, Robertson (Brooks 78 minutes), Kempster, K Patton (Glen-Ravenhill 74 minutes). Subs not used: Shanks, Moore

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