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Match Report | Ashington (A)



Northallerton Town made their first away trip to promotion fancied Ashington fresh off their opening day 6-0 win over Seaham Red Star.


First-Half


Ashington almost immediately from kick-off were showing their intent to go and on and dominate the game and they duly took the lead within the opening 5 minutes. Robbie Dale playing at centre-back this evening burst forward a little too easily and exchanged a lovely one-two with fellow ex-Spartan Dan Maguire before firing past Tom Dawson in the Northallerton goal.


Town were fortunate to survive what was a barrage of chances from the hosts as they looked to increase their advantage. However, an accumulation of heroic defending and excellent goalkeeping were keeping Town in touch and still in the game.


This resilience did pay off. 5 minutes before half-time Northallerton brought themselves level. Charlie Graham found himself in space down the left and picked out Damian Giliga who did excellently to knock the ball down for John Howard whose drove his effort home from just outside the area.


Half-Time: Ashington AFC 1 - 1 Northallerton Town


Second-Half


The second half began in a mirror image of how the first half did. Ashington with a chances to extend their lead but Northallerton were holding strong. However it wasn't to be for long as the hosts had another breakthrough.


Karl Ross fired the hosts ahead once more in the 56th minute. Played through, Ross found space in the area and fired a powerful drive into the top corner from inside the area.


A host of changes from both sides lowered the intensity of the game and Ashington were content playing with a more patient approach as they were comfortable in possession.


A third goal for Ashington followed with around 20 minutes remaining, this time Craig Spooner firing home from inside the area after the ball was cut back to him.


Town did have a revitalised effort towards the latter stages and perhaps could have found themselves on the scoresheet once more with a bit more quality in the final third - the introductions of McMann and Lancaster proving key to causing the Ashington issues with their pace and direct running.


However it wasn't to be and Ashington ran out comfortable winners on the night, however it needs to be said that Northallerton played well at times and fought valiantly in the game to frustrate their hosts for large portions of the game.


Full-Time: Ashington AFC 3 - 1 Northallerton Town


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