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Guisborough Town

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Ashington AFC

Sat 3 Oct 2020 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Away

Stadium

KGV Stadium

Attendance

176

Referee

Craig Dean

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Bobby Taylor’s first ever league goal in Ashington colours at Guisborough on Saturday led to the Colliers cementing a fifth consecutive victory – the first time since 2015 that they have achieved the feat.

Combing back over the years, the KGV was never a happy hunting ground for the Wansbeck side but more recently, the tables have turned and Saturday’s success – played in incessant rain - represented Ashington’s third win in the past five seasons. The turning point came in first half stoppage time when home defender Charlie Marshall picked up a second yellow card – and was consequently sent off.

At the break, a 1-1 score line was a fair reflection of the game but the Colliers, after a slow start to the second period, eventually dominated possession and made the extra man count - and Taylor capped off a dominant display by the visitors scoring a superb winner with 20 minutes remaining. The Priorymen have had some eye catching results in the early part of the campaign, most notably a 2-2 draw at Stockton Town followed by a 5-1 victory over West Auckland and they took the lead after only eight minutes in this contest. The ball was played through down the right and Sonni Coleman moved it to the side of advancing ‘keeper Adam McHugh before looking up and slotting into the empty net from 20 yards. It could have got worse too as on the quarter hour, a cross from Mason McNeill was met by Dylan McAvoy but he directed his header straight down McHugh’s throat.

It was the 18th minute before Ashington threatened the home goal when Dean Briggs played the ball to Max Cowburn whose effort went over. Midway through the half, Marshall picked up a caution for a foul on Ben Harmison and four minutes later, the Colliers drew level when a crisp right footer from Cowburn from the edge of the area was perfectly placed and gave ‘keeper Aaron Steavens no chance. Minutes later, Cowburn was involved again as he found Harmison who touched the ball on for Briggs but his shot was deflected for a corner. Guisborough pieced together a good move down the right but when the ball was played into Coleman, he tried to spin and was snuffed out.

The action towards the end was intense. Thomas Kalthoeber and Taylor linked to release Briggs - who had found a pocket of space – but his shot was blocked. At the other end, work by Coleman saw him cross to Fred Woodhouse whose effort was saved by the feet of McHugh. Two minutes into time added on, Marshall lunged in on Briggs and paid a huge price for the foul as referee Craig Dean showed him a yellow card followed by a red.

Early in the second half, full back Ben Gaffney – who had a sterling game – made an important interception to halt McNeill then Taylor and Kalthoeber combined and when the latter crossed, Briggs headed over at the far post. Again the action intensified. In the 65th minute, another chance went begging following a throw in down the right by Kalthoeber. He found Harmison but when the striker pulled the ball across there was no-one on hand to apply the finishing touch. Briggs had a right footer blocked by Steavens and Harmison netted the rebound but was flagged offside then Max Emmerson found Harmison whose shot was pushed out by the stopper.

Ashington had shouts for a penalty for handball turned aside but in the 71st minute, the Colliers got their noses in front with a well crafted goal. Kalthoeber played the ball into Harmison whose deft flick released Taylor and the winger struck a great left footer from the edge of the area wide of the despairing hands of Steavens and into the bottom corner. But two minutes later, Guisborough fired a warning that they were not finished as McHugh saved from McNeill with Coleman putting the rebound wide.

Ashington then had great opportunities to put the game to bed in the closing stages as Harmison went around Steavens but blazed over; Kalthoeber had a goalbound left footed effort magnificently tipped around by the stopper; substitute Dan Cranston put a header wide and in the final minute of the 90, Harmison again netted but was ruled offside. Then in time added on, the Colliers survived a scare when Coleman fired past McHugh - only to have his celebrations cut short after he turned around and saw that the assistant’s flag was raised.

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney, Emmerson, Scott, Bramley, Taylor, Ross, Harmison, Briggs, Cowburn (Cranston 84 minutes)

Subs not used: Tate, Grant (gk)

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