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Ashington AFC

Wed 28 Aug 2019 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Away

Stadium

Heritage Park

Attendance

255

Referee

Graeme Hopper

Kick-Off

19:45

By Brian Bennett

Ashington's depressing run of form continued against Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park on Wednesday night when they slid to a fifth consecutive defeat.

For the first 25 minutes, the Colliers performed okay - but after Chris Winn had given the two blues the lead on the half hour mark and Leon Carling added a second early in the second half, there was no way back for Ian Skinner’s side. And just to add to their woes, centre back Gavin Caines was red carded six minutes after coming on as a substitute for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity.

The game started with chances at either end. After only 70 seconds a cross from the left saw Kyle Fryatt direct a header straight into Adam McHugh’s midriff then Callum Johnston curled a 20 yarder over. Fryatt found Andrew Johnson but his shot was blocked by Curtis Coppen before Johnston and Dan Taggart combined and when the latter swung the ball over low and hard, Karl Ross – arriving at the back post - just missed his connection. In the 27th minute, Taggart shanked a shooting opportunity wide and three minutes later, Bishops took the lead. The goal owed much to the quality of a cross from Callum Munroe which found Winn on the junction of the six yards box and the striker placed his header wide of the diving McHugh and into the corner of the net.

Two minutes later, Winn thought he had doubled the lead but his header was ruled out for offside then in the closing stages of the period, McHugh twice denied Michael Hoganson pushing the ball around. Twenty eight seconds into the second half, Taggart rippled the side netting with a drive then true to form, Ashington's achilles heel in the opening minutes of the second half, kicked in yet again as Carling glanced home the simplest of goals from a right sided corner.

Coppen made an incredible goal-line clearance from Bailey Judson but from a corner on the right, Carling glanced home from close range. Five minutes later a home supporter urged his side to go forward as they built up from the back. They did just that and Winn’s right footer smacked against the top of the crossbar. In a rare attack, Danny Anderson whipped over a centre which went across the face of the Bishops goal but after that it was all Bishops.

McHugh denied Winn then the striker was through one-on-one but was again foiled by the stopper who palmed the ball away. Midway through, Ashington introduced Gavin Caines but the defender was only on the field for six minutes before being sent off. The ball was played through for Johnston and as Caines desperately tried to put a tackle in, he fouled the forward. Referee Graeme Hopper pulled out the red card then Johnson made no mistake from the spot.

Ashington’s start to the evening had been encouraging but Bishops dominated the midfield and up front had pace in Fryatt and Johnson with Winn causing problems. McHugh performed well as did captain Coppen, who defended brilliantly by intercepting crosses at the near post on no fewer than four occasions.

Ashington: McHugh, Sampson, Kalthoeber, Herron (Caines 67 minutes), Gibson, Coppen, Johnston (Luke 76 minutes), Ross, Taggart, Anderson, O’Reilly (Williamson 58 minutes)

Subs not used: Lowery, Hanson

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