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Ashington AFC

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Ryhope CW

Sat 28 Sep 2019 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Home

Stadium

Woodhorn Lane

Attendance

444

Referee

Connor Scott

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Damien Stevens scored the winner for an Ashington side who came back after conceding an early goal to claim all three points against Sunderland Ryhope CW on Saturday.

Woodhorn Lane club sponsor AkzoNobel enjoyed an open day at the ground and with admission free for spectators and in front of a bumper crowd of 444, the Colliers hit back in fine style to register their fourth home win of the season. But following a week which had began with a harsh 2-1 defeat against Guisborough followed by a 4-1 reverse against Ebac Northern League second division high fliers West Allotment Celtic in another group C match in the Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup, the beginning to this contest certainly did not go the way the hosts wanted.

Within eight minutes they were trailing when Jon Weirs fired a shot from inside the area wide of ‘keeper Adam McHugh with the ball striking one post then the other before crossing the line. However, Ashington’s riposte was to level within two minutes. Skipper Curtis Coppen – a surprise 11th hour inclusion who came through a fitness test after initially being ruled out for weeks with an injury - swept a lovely ball out from right to left which found Ben Gaffney. The debutant full back – signed from North Shields – delivered a pin point ball into the middle where Callum Johnston planted a superb diving header from ten yards which arced wide of the despairing hands of ‘keeper James Winter and inside the junction of post and crossbar before hitting the back of the net.

It was just the tonic Ian Skinner’s side wanted – and five minutes later, they moved into a 2-1 advantage. Gibson’s cross from the right fell to Jamie Hanson and the youngster lashed the ball home from 12 yards.

On the half hour, the lead could have been extended as Johnston seized on an error in the visitors back line but his weak shot was blocked by Winter. Weirs went close before the Sunderland outfit levelled four minutes before half time.

Ex Ashington midfielder Ollie Hotchkiss drove a low free-kick into the danger zone where the incoming Danni Lay ran in to poke the ball home from close range. Ten minutes into the second period, Michael Rae picked up possession and was clean through but his right foot effort hit the outside of the post and was cleared. Similarly on the hour after Ashington had lost the ball, David Vincent’s shot was superbly parried by McHugh and three minutes later, the ‘keeper was called into the action again tipping around from Robbie Bird.

Gaffney supplied another cross from the left which saw Lay slice the ball against his own post then when play switched, Gavin Caines made a vital last ditch tackle inside the area to stop Adam Cocks.

In the 65th minute, Skinner introduced Dan Taggart for Johnston and four minutes later following an incisive move, the substitute laid the ball into the path of Stevens who took a good touch before clipping the ball wide of Winter and inside the far post.

However in the second minute of stoppage time, only a top class save from the excellent McHugh preserved the win for Ashington as he somehow touched the ball over after a drive from substitute James Ellis.

Ashington: McHugh, Gibson, Gaffney, Luke, Coppen, Caines, Williamson (Robson 84 minutes), Ross, Johnston (Taggart 65 minutes), Stevens (Herron 74 minutes), Hanson

Subs not used: Anderson, O’Reilly.

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