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West Allotment Celtic

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Ashington AFC

Wed 24 Oct 2018 | Northumberland Senior Cup | Away

Stadium

Druid Park

Attendance

67

Referee

Michael Green

Kick-Off

19:45

By Brian Bennett

Ashington’s unbeaten run of seven games came to a shuddering halt on Wednesday night when they crashed out of the Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup against West Allotment Celtic at Druid Park.

What’s more it was a thoroughly deserved victory for the Ebac Northern League second division outfit against their opponents from the first division and the margin of their win certainly did not flatter them. Indeed had it not been for goalkeeper Conor Grant and the home side spurning several other opportunities, the defeat could have been much heavier. West settled immediately and in the sixth minute after Regan Paterson had sprung the offside trap but fired over, it was Grant who kept the scoresheet blank as he dived bravely at the feet of Matthew Hayton with the follow up effort clipping the inside of the post before being cleared. Grant held another shot from Hayton but had no chance midway through the period when the striker put his side in front, firing home from 14 yards. Ashington’s first sniff came on the half hour through Sam Norris but his shot struck a home defender – then four minutes later, the winger was clean through with only ‘keeper Finlay Hodgson to beat but lifted his effort over the bar.

At the other end, Bruno Mendes-Correia and Hayton linked well to set up an opportunity for substitute John Campbell but he struck wide then seconds before the half time whistle, Hayton again caused problems and his shot was smothered by Grant. A massive turning point came within the first minute of the second half when substitute Channon North struck the bar with a header from a Norris corner on the right and Matty Wade blazed over the rebound. Within a minute West doubled their advantage when Michael Leech scored with a looping header from a right wing corner. That was the first of three goals in a ten minutes spell as West really turned the screw to wrap the game up and claim a first division scalp in the process.

It was 3-0 when Jack Errington nodded in a free kick from the right and when Mendes-Correia swivelled then clipped a low left footer from 18 yards inside the bottom corner, the visitors were totally shell shocked. Paterson struck the bar with a rasping drive then sub Luke Parkinson – a former Ashington player – buried a left shot wide of Grant for goal number five. With quarter of an hour remaining, the Colliers scored a consolation when North crossed for Chris Youldon to head in. But the game ended with West firmly in the ascendancy against a deflated Ashington side and an overworked Grant was forced to tip over from Paterson.

Ashington: Grant, King, Hornsby, Edwards, Bell (Caygill 63 minutes), Armstrong (North 46 minutes), Norris, Downey, Atkinson, Youldon, Francois (Wade 46 minutes)

Subs not used: Bowey, McAndrew.

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