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Woodhorn Lane




Nick Vincent



By Brian Bennett

A strong second half performance from Ashington led them to victory over their neighbours Bedlington in a pre-season friendly which was played behind closed doors on Wednesday night.

And it was two players making their return to Woodhorn Lane – Dean Briggs and Ben Harmison – who got the goals against a Terriers side who never gave up. Indeed it was the visitors who made an impressive start and after Leighton Hopper had fired over on the half volley from 20 yards, Mackenzie Sharpe was through one-on-one with only Adam McHugh to beat but saw the ‘keeper deny him.

Midway through the period, only the woodwork denied the Terriers when a shot from Keelan Nellis thudded against the post and Cameron Fenton’s follow up effort was deflected over by a last ditch block from home skipper David Luke. Ashington’s only threat came via two long range efforts from Danny Anderson with ‘keeper Callum Corkhill tipping both over the bar. Then on the stroke of half time, Hopper found Sharpe whose low drive was turned around by McHugh.

Ashington boss Ian Skinner made wholesale changes at the interval and 80 seconds after the restart, Harmison’s through pass found Jack Butler whose effort was deflected behind for a corner. However, in the 49th minute, Briggs broke the deadlock with a wonder strike. Ben Sampson played the ball into the midfielder who took a touch before curling a terrific right footer from 20 yards wide of Corkhill and inside the top corner.

Max Emmerson had a shot repelled by the ‘keeper and from the resultant corner on the left, Lewis Robson – making his first appearance after sustaining a bad injury in early January – floated the ball in for Harmison whose header clipped the bar and went over. Ashington doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute with Briggs claiming his second following a superb four man move. Harmison glanced on a throw in from Sampson and Butler – looking razor sharp – used his pace to move into the area before unselfishly squaring the ball to Briggs who had the easy task of slotting into an empty net.

Quarter of an hour later, it was 3-0. Sampson slipped the ball across to Harmison and the striker made no mistake in finding the bottom corner with a left foot effort from 16 yards. Ashington could have added to their tally through Briggs and Butler but both players were denied by the brilliance of substitute ‘keeper Rob Hodgson whilst at the other end, James Cooper just failed to connect after a low cross from Mason Stephenson.


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