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Marske United

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Ashington AFC

Tue 5 Sep 2017 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Away

Stadium

GER Stadium

Attendance

142

Referee

Shane Sugden

Kick-Off

19:30

By Brian Bennett

Marske United substitute Peter Bulmer denied Ashington all three points on Tuesday night when he struck a last gasp equaliser to force a 2-2 draw at the GER Stadium.

The Colliers had twice led in the contest with goals from Ben Sampson and Luke Salmon but James Fairley levelled for the hosts shortly after the interval and Bulmer struck at the death. Marske went into the game holding a 100 per cent record after five league matches whilst the Wansbeck side were looking to bounce back after Saturday’s 1-0 reverse by Sunderland Ryhope CW. And the visitors certainly made a bright start as ‘keeper Robert Dean was called into action after only 29 seconds to hold a right footer from Sampson. But Marske – who had put six past Bishop Auckland last weekend – hit back. Wayne Buchanan bravely blocked from Danny Earl then ‘keeper Conor Grant foiled Curtis Round. The stopper parried a 35 yards free kick from Craig Gott then fielded an effort from Glen Butterworth. On the half hour, Ryan Bell went on a foraging run from deep inside his own half and tried an audacious chip from 40 yards which was held by Dean. Play switched and when Round crossed from the left, skipper Adam Wheatley misplaced his header well wide of the target. However, Ashington took the lead five minutes before the break. Lewis Strafford played the ball down the right flank where Callum Johnston produced some excellent work which saw his cross turned in at the back post by Sampson. James Fairley - Marske’s recent signing from Bishop Auckland who scored a brace on his debut on Saturday - was a constant threat and minutes later, he had an effort which was blocked by Grant. The final action of the half saw Kyle Downey find Johnston whose pace took him past a defender but his cross was held by Dean. Markse threw everything at the Colliers form the first whistle of the second period and in the 50th minute, they equalised through man of the moment Fairley. A cross from the left found Fairley at the far post and he side footed home on the half volley. Butterworth drove wide then on two separate occasions, Fairley cut inside from the touchline beating two players but his effort was wayward. Downey played a free-kick to Sampson who fired wide but in the 82nd minute, Salmon scored his first goal of the campaign to put the Colliers into a 2-1 lead. Substitute Lee McAndrew and Sampson combined and when the latter laid the ball off, Salmon cut inside then rifled home right footed. Two minutes from time, full back Lee Brockbank was fortunate to receive only a yellow card following a challenge on Jay Hornsby and with virtually the last kick of the game, Marske equalised. As the ball went out for an Ashington throw in, the referee mysteriously awarded a free kick to the home side deep inside their own half. The ball was switched from right to left and when it reached Bulmer, the substitute unleashed a low power drive which beat Grant, diving to his right.

Ashington: Grant, Strafford (McAndrew 67 minutes), Salmon, Christensen, R Bell, Buchanan, Sampson, Downey, Johnston (Stevens 72 minutes), Pearson (Stephenson 71 minutes), Hornsby. Subs not used: B Harmison, Glasper (gk)

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