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Stockton Town

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Ashington AFC

Sat 29 Dec 2018 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Away

Stadium

Coverall Stadium

Attendance

261

Referee

Mark Ryan

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Stockton midfielder James Risbrough capitalised on three late Christmas presents to hit a hat trick which sent Ashington to an end of year defeat at the Coverall Stadium.

The reverse was the Colliers ninth of the season - but add to that the unwanted fact that in two seasons, the Anchors have become their new bogey side with no victory for the Wansbeck side in three league attempts as well as defeat in the Buildbase FA Vase.

On Saturday, although Steve Bowey’s side had mustered little up front in the opening half hour, they had nevertheless restricted the home outfit but Risbrough’s double - with a brace inside five minutes – changed the course of the game. Karl Ross notched his first goal for the club before the interval to give the side from NE63 hope but when Risbrough completed his hat-trick on the hour, the game was effectively over.

The opening 20 minutes produced a dull stalemate and was void of clear cut chances until visiting ‘keeper Conor Grant was called into action to block from Fred Woodhouse after a cross by Kevin Hayes. Max Craggs went close with a right footer then at the other end, youngster Jack Butler opened up the home defence but his effort lacked power and was easily held by ‘keeper Joshua Moody. An effort from distance by Shahban Mohammed whistled narrowly over before Risbrough broke the deadlock. Woodhouse supplied the cross from the right and Risbrough sent a looping header from eight yards over Grant and just under the bar.

Five minutes later, Grant parried an effort from Sonni Coleman and Risbrough was on hand to prod home the rebound for his and Stockton’s second. But, on 42 minutes, Ross brought the Colliers back into the contest. Shaun Vipond, Jack Butler and Lee McAndrew were initially involved in the build up and when David Edwards delivered a cross into the box, Ross placed a firm downward header wide of Moody.

Ashington remained in the game until the hour mark – then Risbrough nipped in to touch the ball home from a right wing cross to make it 3-1. Opportunities were again limited until twice in the space of ten minutes, Stockton substitute Michael Roberts forced Grant to hold onto efforts to deny the hosts a fourth.

Ashington: Grant, McAndrew, Bowey, Vipond, Caygill (McAlindon 79 minutes), Stephenson, Cunningham (Hanson 55 minutes), Ross, Atkinson, Edwards (Buchanan 64 minutes), Butler

Subs not used: Bell, Smith

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