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Ashington AFC

Sat 18 Jan 2020 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Away

Stadium

Wanted Stadium

Attendance

191

Referee

Sam Packer

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

A performance highlighted by outstanding work rate saw deservedly Ashington pick up only their third point out of 11 league clashes against West Auckland at the Wanted Stadium on Saturday.

What’s more – with better finishing from opportunities created, the Colliers could have been celebrating victory over a side who were unbeaten in their previous nine matches and who will make the long journey to Plymouth on Saturday February 8 aiming to reach the quarter finals of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Thomas Kalthoeber set the tone for Ashington’s tenacious display - and his team mates quickly following suit. West had a lot of possession in the early stages but it was Kalthoeber who was heavily involved in the action during the opening quarter hour. In the eighth minute Danny Anderson – restored to the side after injury – found Callum Johnston down the right flank and when he crossed, the inrushing Brandon Slater struck a right footer from six yards which thudded against the post. Then Kalthoeber wriggled through two challenges to create space for himself and after advancing into the box, his thunderbolt effort stung the palms of home ‘keeper Thomas Flynn.

On 22 minutes, David Edwards played the ball over the top for Johnston who tried to lob Flynn but the stopper blocked with his chest. Ashington were looking solid and organised and minutes later, Thomas Bramley made a superb tackle on Amar Purewal inside the box to avert the danger then midway inside the West half, Dan Mitton did likewise to halt Johnston.

West carved out their first opening in the 35th minute when a cross to the near post from Tom Price saw Purewal flash a header just wide. Johnston had a shot deflected for a corner and Slater drove a 25 yarder off target before Bramley made another timely intervention to stop Rees Greenwood.

With half time approaching, Anthony Bell rippled the side netting for West and straight after the break, Johnston got past Mitton but drove at Flynn.

Shortly after his introduction, substitute Lee Scott volleyed over then at the other end, a cross from Liam Hegarty was nodded wide by Purewal.

In the 79th minute, Colliers fans thought sub Kieran Brannen had unlocked the door but he clipped his effort narrowly wide from the edge of the area with Flynn at full stretch. In the closing stages, Ashington fashioned another opening.

Sub Max Emmerson and Kalthoeber combined and when the young full back supplied a cross from the right, Brannen sliced his kick and Scott fired over the bar.

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney, Edwards, Coppen, Bramley, Hanson (Scott 60 minutes), Anderson (Emmerson 73 minutes), Johnston (Brannen 77 minutes), Luke, Slater

Sub not used: Antony

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