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Whitley Bay

Sat 16 Mar 2019 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Home

Stadium

Woodhorn Lane

Attendance

292

Referee

Martin Conroy

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Stephen Ramsey’s goal on the hour gave visitors Whitley Bay their first victory on Woodhorn Lane soil for six years. The three points extended the unbeaten run for recently installed Seahorses boss Nathan Haslam whilst the result saw Ashington slide to a seventh defeat in eight matches.

Admittedly in some of those games, the Colliers have lost by the odd goal but quite clearly, the end of the season cannot come quick enough for the Woodhorn Lane outfit who went into the clash against their local rivals having dropped into the bottom three of the Ebac Northern League’s top tier following Whitley Bay’s midweek victory over Whickham.

However the only consolation - as stated last week - appears to be that only one team at most will be relegated into the second division.

On Saturday with the wind at their backs - the Wansbeck outfit performed okay in the first 45 minutes but following the break gave an abject display and after Ramsey had opened the scoring, home stopper Conor Grant kept his side in the hunt midway through by saving a penalty from Dan Wright. Whitley started the better and after 45 seconds, a centre by Craig McFarlane went across the face of goal.

Minutes later when Ashington mounted their first attack, it was a similar story. Ben Sampson passed through to Harry Stansfield who turned smartly but saw his centre drift wide. The action in either goalmouth remained limited until the 19th minute. Tom Lycett found Brandon Morrison whose goalbound effort saw Whitley ‘keeper Dan Lister make an astonishing reaction save turning the ball over and the custodian finger tipped the resulting in-swinger by Chris Youldon, against the bar. McFarlane stroked a 25 yarder wide then a shot from ex Ashington midfielder Luke Salmon crashed against the crossbar with Wright’s follow up effort headed clear by Lewis Robson.

Ashington broke quickly from the corner through Sammy Perez but when he played Sampson in, the full back fired over. The final action of the half came in the 44th minute. Salmon floated over a flag kick which was met by Taylor whose header was goalbound until Grant superbly tipped over.

The Seahorses began the second half with more zip and within minutes, Ramsey released Salmon, whose shot was held by Grant. They continued to force Ashington back and after Ben Christensen had played the ball forward for Andrei Ardelean, the substitute – who had only been on the field a couple of minutes - swept the ball across where it was cleared in the nick of time by Sampson.

However, the goal which the visitors had been threatening to score arrived in the 58th minute. Ramsey met a precision corner from skipper Peter Glen-Ravenhill to glance a header from five yards inside the upright.

The situation could have deteriorated even further for the Colliers on the 66 minutes mark after Grant clattered Ardelean just inside the area. Referee Martin Conroy pointed to the spot but Grant made an excellent block from Dan Wright as the midfielder elected to hit the penalty down the middle. It was in the closing stages when the home side looked to make a fist of things and even then, the only danger they posed came in the second minute of time added on with Lister smothering the ball after Youldon’s through pass for Perez had been slightly over hit.

Ashington: Grant, Sampson, Robson, Henderson, Lycett (Caygill 65 minutes), Buchanan, Stansfield (Turnbull 82 minutes), Ross, Morrison (Butler 61 minutes), Youldon, Perez

Subs not used: Antony, North

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