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Woodhorn Lane




David Pill



By Brian Bennett

Substitute Jamie Hanson smashed a sensational late winner for Ashington against local rivals North Shields at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday which fired his side to only their second league victory of the season.

The teenager - who has been knocking on the door for a full debut after impressing in cameo appearances off the bench – came up trumps with seven minutes of normal time remaining, hammering home a brilliant right footed half volley from 16 yards following a free kick. The Colliers – who trailed to a Ryan Carr opener - rode their luck during the first period and could have been out of sight but a rejuvenated home side levelled through Danny Anderson who - like Hanson - notched his first goal at senior level and based on their second half performance, the Wansbeck outfit were worthy winners. The opening period had contained a glut of chances with the first arriving in the sixth minute and ought to have seen the Robins make a flying start. A deep cross from the right by Nick Cassidy found Connor Campbell unmarked but he volleyed wide from close range. Ashington carved out a chance on the quarter hour mark when a diagonal pass from the left found Dylan Williamson inside the box. He took the ball down and his deflected effort shaved the far post before going behind for a corner. However in the 18th minute, the visitors stormed into the lead. Scott McCarthy had plenty of space to supply a low cross which was turned in by Carr, who didn’t have to break stride. Two minutes later, Curtis Coppen met a right wing corner by Danny Anderson but he headed down into the ground taking the pace off the ball and ‘keeper Greg Purvis gathered. The next chance was fashioned by Shields with McCarthy blasting over when well placed then Damien Stevens turned his marker but his 20 yarder was weakly struck and Purvis easily collected. On the half hour, Ben Sampson had a clear opening but saw his shot turned away by Purvis then Campbell was blocked by home stopper Adam McHugh. Marc Lancaster was not far away with a low drive from distance and as the half drew to a close, the glut of opportunities continued to rise - McHugh tipping around from McCarthy at one end and Carr heading over a great chance at the other. After the break, Carr was again off target and McHugh was called on to divert a shot from McCarthy around the post before Ashington took over and dominated the remainder of the period. On the hour, Stevens was through one-on-one but his drive was repelled by Purvis then a shot from substitute Thomas Kalthoeber was blocked. Dan Taggart had an effort taken at the near post by Purvis then Stevens headed wide before a snap shot from 25 yards by Cassidy was narrowly off target. However, in the 77th minute, Ashington drew level. Anderson swung over a corner from the right and when Purvis pushed out a drive from Taggart, Anderson – later named as the man of the match - was on hand to sweep the ball home. As the Colliers looked to work another opening, Williamson was shut out before Hanson pounced to claim the winner in the 83rd minute. Following a free-kick, the ball bobbled around in the area until it ran to the youngster who struck the sweetest of half volleys which gave Purvis no chance.

Before kick-off on Saturday, players, officials and spectators joined in a minutes applause as a mark of respect for Newcastle Benfield chairman Jimmy Rowe who sadly passed away during the week.

Meanwhile Ashington supported the ‘Inside out’ campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. Chairman Brian Shotton said: “This is a truly worthy cause and we are pleased to donate 50 per cent of the gate receipts to the ‘If U Care Share Foundation’ to support the vital work they do.”

On Wednesday (September 11), Ashington make a quick return to the Coverall Stadium to meet Stockton Town in the League Cup. The Colliers then have back to back home fixtures. On Saturday (September 14), Newcastle Benfield make the short trip to Woodhorn Lane (3pm) then on Tuesday September 17, Sunderland RCA travel to Wansbeck (7.30pm).


Ashington: McHugh, Sampson (Kalthoeber 54 minutes), Lancaster, Ross (Hanson 71 minutes), Gibson, Coppen, Williamson, Luke, Stevens (Herron 86 minutes), Taggart, Anderson. Subs not used: Caines, O’Reilly.


North Shields: Purvis, Cassidy, McDonald, Ormston, New, Buchanan, Cunningham, Forster, Campbell (Bainbridge 66 minutes), Carr, McCarthy (Morris 63 minutes). Subs not used: Christensen, Gaffney, Peart.


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