Ashington AFC



Marske United

Sat 24 Aug 2019 | FA Cup | Home


Woodhorn Lane




Neil Howlett



By Brian Bennett

Ashington hit the buffers in their hopes of causing an upset in the Emirates FA Cup against Marske United at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The Teeside outfit who play in the BetVictor League - one division above the Colliers – appeared to have the tie comfortably wrapped up by half time. By that stage they had cruised into a three goals lead – the final goal coming in stoppage time – whilst the Wansbeck side were ruing a third penalty miss of the season early in the game. The visitors could so easily have taken the lead in the fifth minute when Thomas Kalthoeber made a timely tackle in the area, deflecting the ball for a corner and from the flag kick, a header from Markse captain Adam Wheatley thudded against the bar.

However a major turning point arrived in the tenth minute when Stephen Gibson found Dan O’Reilly down the left and when he crossed to the far post, Dylan Williamson was nudged off the ball by Liam O’Sullivan. Up stepped Callum Johnston who struck the penalty with plenty of power – but missed the target.

Within the next quarter hour, Marske took a strange hold on the game with two goals in six minutes. Louis Johnson hit the opener with a low drive from 16 yards past debutant ‘keeper Adam McHugh then Curtis Round added the second, side footing home with ease at the near post from a low cross by Johnson with the Ashington defence sliced open. The home side fashioned their best chance of the half on 35 minutes when Johnston headed on for O’Reilly but he snatched at the opportunity and blazed wide.

One minute into time added on, Johnson grabbed his second and Marske’s third, firing in the rebound after McHugh had saved with his feet.

Ashington could either go out of the competition with a whimper or give it a go – and they chose the latter option, dominating the second 45 minutes and looking a completely different outfit from the first period.

Eight minutes after the restart, Williamson was through one-on-one with only ‘keeper Jack Norton to beat but saw his shot blocked by the stopper then O’Reilly made a positive run down the flank and his cross was turned behind by Lee Brockbank. Williamson cut inside and struck a 16 yards left footer which cannoned off the crossbar before a second penalty award midway through for a foul on skipper Curtis Coppen gave the Colliers a chink of light to find a way back.

Again referee Howlett had no hesitation in pointing to the spot with O’Reilly tucking home to the left of Norton. The home side continued to pressurise but there only clear cut chance came with four minutes remaining when a ball from Danny Anderson – later named as Ashington’s man of the match – was glanced on by substitute Scott Lowery and Gibson’s header was directed straight into Norton’s midfiff.

On Wednesday (August 28), Ashington travel to Bishop Auckland then on Saturday (August 31), the Colliers are away to Stockton Town (3pm).

Ashington: McHugh, Sampson, Kalthoeber, Herron (Lowery 80 minutes), Gibson, Coppen, Williamson (Hanson 77 minutes), Ross, Johnston, Anderson, O’Reilly (Taggart 77 minutes)

Subs not used: Caines, Stevens, Luke, Gourley


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