Ashington disappoint in final pre-season friendly against Hebburn

Andrew Johnson watches past the defenders as his shot crosses the line in Ashington's 3-1 home defeat. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Andrew Johnson watches past the defenders as his shot crosses the line in Ashington's 3-1 home defeat. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

There was little to enthuse over as Ashington went down in their final warm-up game against Hebburn Town at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The Colliers started off well and in the eighth minute following a cross from the right by Lance McGlen, a sizzling shot from Lewis Teasdale flashed just wide.

Lee McMahon was not far away for the visitors, but the undoubted highlight of the first period came in the 33rd minute when James Taylor met a cross from Andrew Johnson and powered a goal bound header which was magnificently pushed over by Hebburn keeper Gary Rogers.

Dean Critchlow also went close – but the home side trailed within seconds of the second half commencing when Liam Bayles scored at the second attempt after his initial shot had been blocked.

On 54 minutes, Critchlow’s pass found Johnson who jinked past a defender then fired home across Rogers for the equaliser.

Chris Bannon made a double save from Marc Costello before the visitors regained the lead on the hour when Shaun Reay powered a free kick from 20 yards into the net.

Within a minute, Teasdale missed an opportunity to level, placing the ball wide of the post after good approach work by Johnson.

Ten minutes from time, Channon North added a third after a scramble, and the final action centred around the Hebburn goalmouth with Michael Watson clearing off the line to deny a Lee Scott header following a Johnson corner on the left.

Ashington: Bannon, McGlen, Novak, J Taylor (Scott 64 mins), Blandford, Christensen, Critchlow, Slaughter, Teasdale, Johnson, Downey. Subs not used: Middleton, Robson.