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Thornaby

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Ashington AFC

Sat 19 Oct 2019 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Away

Stadium

Teesdale Park

Attendance

145

Referee

Garry Fletcher-Tindall

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Adam Preston hit a four goal salvo for Thornaby in a thrilling encounter against Ashington at Teesdale Park on Saturday whilst three penalties in 90 minutes; a right foot screamer of a goal; a score controversially disallowed for handball and a sending off after the final whistle were amongst the other ingredients included in a bizarre match.

The Colliers trailed 3-0 at the interval but if the football served up in the first half was sub standard – Lewis Green’s strike apart - the second was certainly action-packed which provided enthralling entertainment for the spectators. There was little to enthuse over in the early stages. Ben Gaffney cleared a right wing corner off the line and Liam Cooke had a shot parried by ‘keeper Adam McHugh whilst Ashington’s only threat came in the tenth minute when Thomas Kalthoeber clipped the ball across the face of the Thornaby goal. Then came Green’s wonder strike which broke the deadlock in the 19th minute. It stemmed initially from a throw in on the left but Green could not have struck the ball any sweeter – his effort from 25 yards arrowed into the top corner of the net leaving McHugh to grasp thin air. Three minutes later, the lead was doubled when Adam Preston went through and side footed wide of McHugh. The Wansbeck side felt aggrieved claiming that Preston was offside and skipper Curtis Coppen was sin binned for making remarks to the referee. Preston and Cooke went close before Ashington had penalty claims turned aside when Dylan Williamson was sandwiched inside the area. Play immediately switched and in the final minute, a clumsy challenge by Callum Johnston on Joe Posthill resulted in a spot kick with Preston sending McHugh the wrong way. The second half unfolded with McHugh making a block to deny Matthew Lovatt then it was one way traffic at the other end as Ashington mounted wave after wave of attacks. Four minutes in and the Colliers thought they had reduced the deficit until the goal was strangely disallowed. Williamson found Kalthoeber down the right and when he crossed, Harry Newton’s header was parried by ‘keeper James Dawson then handled on the line by a defender. Dan Taggart bundled the ball over the line - but the assistant flagged to indicate a free-kick to the home side – apparently for handball against Taggart. Nevertheless three minutes later Williamson provided the cross from the right for Newton who converted at the far post. Dawson denied Williamson following a cross by Gaffney then the stopper kept out a header from Coppen. The period had been played in incessant rain and in the 68th minute, Stephen Gibson slipped which allowed Green the opportunity to go through and when he squared the ball to Preston, the centre forward had the simple task of sweeping home to complete his hat-trick. It was wretched luck for the Colliers defender as well as for his side but twice in the space of five minutes, Dawson denied Williamson then a stinging drive from Preston was tipped away by McHugh. Taggart was narrowly off target before two goals by Ashington in the space of three minutes really put this game back into the melting pot. The first in the 81st minute was an excellent move and featured a one-two between Newton and Williamson with the former sliding the ball in at the near post. Posthill then checked Williamson in the box and substitute Gavin Caines coolly slotted home from the resultant spot kick with Dawson going in the opposite direction. But there was still more drama to come and in the 87th minute Karl Ross clipped Posthill in the area and Preston took his tally to four converting the third penalty of the game. In stoppage time, Ashington should have been awarded a free kick but play was allowed to continue. David Luke - already on a booking – then committed a foul and stayed down on the turf. The referee blew his whistle for full time and when Luke got to his feet, showed him a second yellow followed by a red.

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney, Luke, Coppen (Caines 75 minutes), Gibson, Williamson, Ross, Taggart, Johnston, Newton

Subs not used: Robson, Antony, Taylor.

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