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Woodhorn Lane




Darren Williams



By Gary Bell

Ashington continued their impressive start to pre-season on Saturday with a hard fought 5-2 victory at Woodhorn Lane over North West Counties Premier League side Bootle FC, taking their run of victories to three games following wins against Durham City and local neighbours Bedlington Terriers. A crowd of 201 were there to witness another good performance from the young side.

The home side started strongly and took the game to the visitors from Merseyside from the off. Callum Johnson tested the keeper early on but the Bootle custodian was well beaten on 9 minutes for Ashington to take the lead. There looked to be little threat when Dom Price picked up the ball wide on the left but from a very acute angle the Ashington midfielder hit a stinging cross shot which sailed over the visiting keeper and into the right hand side netting, the linesman confirming that the ball had crossed the line. Buoyed by the early success the home side continued to drive forward with their pace in attack causing all sorts of problems for the Bootle defence. On 13 minutes Ben Sampson broke down the right and played a pinpoint pass which split the visitors wide open and Callum Johnston took full advantage to run onto the through ball. His pace saw him run away from the defenders and he kept a calm head to slot the ball under the onrushing keeper and into the right hand corner of the goal.

Bootle responded to going two goals behind by pushing further up the pitch and they thought they had got back into the game when a through ball saw the Johhny Foy run clear. He calmly finished from just inside the box but his celebrations were cut short when the assistant referee flagged for offside.

Both teams had chances with the visitors coming more into the game but on 39 minutes the Colliers extended their lead when Jamie Hanson just beat the defender to a 50/50 ball and his first time effort from outside the box found the left hand corner of the net with pinpoint accuracy to give the home side a commanding half time lead.

Ashington came out unchanged for the second half and were quickly back in their stride. Three minutes into the half Callum Johnston added his second and Ashington’s fourth goal of the game. A clearance from the defence sent him racing clear on goal and he made no mistake with his one on one with the Bootle keeper.

Bootle had a couple of chances to reduce the deficit but the trialist keeper made two good saves to keep them at bay. The Colliers then played a flowing five man passing move which sent Kyle Downey clear and he took the ball around the advancing keeper to sidefoot into the empty net.

Both sides then made several changes and the game took a while to settle. With time running out Bootle threw caution to the wind pushing men forward and pressing very high. They got a goal back on 75 minutes when Johnny Foy broke clear of the defence to sidefoot home. Though he looked to be a couple of yards offside when the ball was played the linesman adjudged him to have timed his run well. Two minutes later the high press from the visitors paid dividends when they robbed the Ashington defence of the ball and Carl Peers took advantage by finishing from just inside the area. Fears of a comeback were short lived however and Ashington saw out the game to record an impressive victory.

On Wednesday Ashington travel to Seaton Deleval (7.00 kick off) before hosting local rivals Blyth Spartans at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday (3.00).


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