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Hebburn Town

Sat 4 Jan 2020 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Home

Stadium

Woodhorn Lane

Attendance

251

Referee

Michael Burrows

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Hebburn Town completed a seasons double over Ashington on Saturday after wrapping up a 3-0 victory at Woodhorn Lane. A quick fire double in the opening period from Tom Potter plus a coolly executed chip from substitute Olly Martin 20 minutes from time sealed the win for the promotion hopefuls.

The Colliers - who had arrested a bleak run of eight consecutive defeats the previous week with a 2-0 verdict over Whickham – once again gave their all and were certainly not outplayed but ultimately paid the price for two first half errors which occurred at a time when they were looking comfortable.

Manager Ian Skinner named an unchanged team following the Whickham result and was looking for revenge against the Hornets who had triumphed 5-1 on the opening day of the campaign in early August.

Home skipper Curtis Coppen made a vital interception in the fourth minutes then Potter cut in from the right touchline and saw his low drive tipped away by ‘keeper Adam McHugh. Ashington replied with Dylan Williamson making in-roads behind the Hebburn defence. His cross-cum-shot drifted narrowly over ‘keeper Mark Foden’s crossbar then his centre was intercepted by the stopper.

The first clear chance went Hebburn’s way just past the half way point when ex Newcastle United schemer Michael Richardson – who was pulling the strings in midfield – played a precision pass through for Lewis Suddick but he blazed wide. Minutes later, another ball by Richardson split the home defence putting Graeme Armstrong clean through with a one-on-one opportunity but McHugh came to Ashington’s rescue, smothering his shot.

However sixty seconds later, Potter waltzed his way through the defence and slotted wide of McHugh for the opener. The hosts responded with Thomas Kalthoeber playing the ball down the right flank for substitute Lewis Robson but his cross was too deep. The Hornets stung Ashington with Potter grabbing his second goal - only four minutes after his first - and it materialised after a calamity of errors in the home defence.

Following a cross from the left, ex Collier and Hebburn skipper Louis Storey pulled the ball back where an effort was blocked on the line but ran to Potter who tapped home with ease. Right on the stroke of half time, a shot from Robson was tipped around by Foden and from the resultant corner, the ball was cleared off the line.

Early in the second half, Ben Sampson played the ball across to David Edwards whose low effort from 20 yards was held low down by Foden. Within a minute, the visitors pieced together the move of the match which ended with Suddick hitting the ball into the side netting.

Chances were few and far between but in the 72nd minute - and shortly after his introduction - Olly Martin added a third. The goal was simplicity itself as a goal kick by Foden was glanced on which put Martin in the clear and he finished superbly, chipping over the advancing McHugh. In the closing stages, the scorer ought to have added a fourth following an identical move but he fired wide.

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney (Scott 54 minutes), Edwards, Coppen, Gourley, Luke (Ross 86 minutes), Sampson, Johnston (Robson 27 minutes), Williamson, Slater

Subs not used: Gibson, Hanson

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