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Durham City

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Ashington AFC

Sat 6 Jul 2019 | Friendly | Away

Stadium

Hall Lane

Referee

Mathew Davison

Kick-Off

15:00

By Gav Perry

It was a perfect start to pre-season for Ian Skinner and his squad as they came away from Hall Lane with a 5-1 win over Northern League Division 2 side Durham City.

Having brought in several players over the summer to add to those retained from last season, Ian was able to rotate his squad and play a different XI for each half of the game.

Ashington’s first chance came after just four minutes when Kyle Downey’s free kick sailed into the box ahead of the ‘keeper but nobody was able to get the crucial touch. Just two minutes later and an error from ‘keeper David Smallman enabled Harry Newton to take advantage backheeling the ball into the net to give the Colliers the lead. Ashington’s lead was doubled quarter of an hour later from the spot as Kyle Downey confidently slotted the ball home into the bottom corner after Newton was brought down in the box.

Throughout the first half, Durham City played some good football with plenty of possession, however were unable to make this count in the final third and barely troubled Dan Staples in the Ashington goal. Further goals from Callum Johnston (2) and Dominic Price before half time gave Ashington a convincing 5-0 lead going into the break.

Half time saw eleven changes for Ashington whilst Durham made only two, including their ‘keeper. Durham appeared to come out more fired up in the second half, and just after the hour mark were rewarded when Michael Young pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Curtis Coppen brought down Adam Ivison just inside the corner of the box. Both teams had several chances in the final third of the game, but none came to fruition. Between the posts for Durham Curtis Richardson made four superb saves when facing Ashington strikers one on one and undoubtedly was a key factor in Durham City’s resilience during the second half.

A number of the Ashington squad were playing their first senior football having played for Ashington Under 17s last term and each brought something new and different to complement the existing squad.

In the closing minutes, Ashington could have added one more to the tally when Ben Sampson tried his luck with a 30 yard shot which went just wide of the post and the game ended with a 5-1 win for the Colliers.

Ashington’s next game is on Wednesday evening (10th July) when Bedlington Terriers visit Woodhorn Lane for a Wansbeck Derby at 7:30pm before continuing their pre-season schedule at home again on Saturday with Bootle FC of the North West Counties League Premier Division being the opposition at 3:00pm.

First Half: D Staples, B Anderson, T Kalthoeber, I Herron, S Gibson, O Gourley, H Newton, D Luke, C Johnston, D Price and K Downey

Second Half: E Taylor, S Lowery (D Eastlake 78), P Riley, D O'Reilly, C Coppen, B Sampson, K Ross, J Bell, D Anderson, J Hanson and J Hornsby.

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