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Sunderland Ryhope CW

Tue 29 Sep 2020 | Ebac Northern League Division One | Home

Stadium

Woodhorn Lane

Attendance

150

Referee

David Pill

Kick-Off

19:30

By Brian Bennett

Dean Briggs scored a superb hat-trick as Ashington won their third match in a row in the first division of the Ebac Northern League following an excellent performance against Ryhope CW at The dwmedia Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Colliers are playing some terrific football this season – and they received a glowing tribute afterwards from chairman Brian Shotton who described the display as being “one of the best he had seen from an Ashington side for years.”

It was breathtaking and slick with energy in abundance; lapped up by the home supporters in a capacity crowd of 150 – and the icing on the cake was the opener by Briggs on the half hour which will surely rank as being amongst the best ever goals scored at the ground. Even the build up was sensational as Karl Ross and Bobby Taylor played a swift one-two which opened up space to exploit and when Ross laid the ball off, Briggs’s exquisite right footer from 20 yards left ‘keeper James Winter helpless as it found the top corner. If the first 30 minutes had been pure football from both sides - despite little in the way of goalmouth action - the blue touch paper had now been lit and two minutes later, a cross shot by James Ellis was cleared off the line by Ben Gaffney. Shortly afterwards, home ‘keeper Adam McHugh was called into the action, tipping over another effort from Ellis who had been played in by ex Ashington schemer Oliver Hotchkiss then a darting run by Brandon Slater saw his shot blocked and from the rebound, Ben Harmison was denied after trying to flick in a driven cross by Gaffney. Ashington continued to pour forward and when Ross set up Harmison, the striker’s effort was instinctively pushed over by Winter. Early in the second period, Ellis reached the by-line and his effort from an acute angle thudded against the base of the post.

However when Ashington’s second arrived in the 56th minute, it again had quality stamped all over it. Thomas Kalthoeber started the move initially with a run from the half way line but when he lost out, a tackle by Taylor resulted in the ball rolling into the path of Ross who smashed a terrific right foot thunderbolt from 20 yards and although Winter got his fingertips to it, the sheer pace of the effort saw the ball rocket into the back of the net.

Eight minutes later, it was 3-0. McHugh’s clearance was glanced on by Harmison for Briggs who advanced then planted his shot wide of Winter. Kyle Davis fired just wide for Ryhope and Denver Morris lofted over following a pull back from the left but the remaining chances fell to Ashington - including a move when a neat dummy by Harmison released Briggs but he dragged his shot wide of Winter’s right hand post.

Ten minutes from time, a pass from substitute Max Cowburn led to Briggs unleashing a goalbound drive which was held at the second attempt by Winter. However in the first minute of time added on for stoppages, Briggs collected a deserved hat-trick when he ran in at the far post to fire home after a low cross from the right by Cowburn.

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney, Emmerson, Coppen, Bramley, Taylor (Cowburn 77 minutes), Ross, Harmison (Scott 87 minutes), Briggs, Slater (Cranston 80 minutes)
Subs not used: Anderson, Grant (gk)

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