Ashington High School win derby and place in County Cup final

Ashington High School team manager Marc Nash. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington High School team manager Marc Nash. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington High School Sports College’s U18s reached the final of the County Cup with a 3-1 win over local rivals Bedlington High School at Green Lane.

The home side forged ahead in the fifth minute from the penalty spot when striker Adam Bains was brought down inside the area and Callum Johnston made no mistake from the resultant penalty.

Ashington added a second before the break following a corner by Dan Costello. Bains challenged for the ball which broke to Harry Bainbridge who got the final touch.

Bedlington had opportunities in the first period but ten minutes from full-time they suffered a severe blow as the home side added a third.

Bains was again instrumental as he picked up a loose ball and put Johnston through who tucked home a right footed half volley from 20 yards.

Four minutes later, the visitors claimed a consolation effort when from a counter attack Liam Gibson was through one-on-one and scored, drilling the ball past keeper Cameron Bowman.

Ashington boss Marc Nash said: “We were strong favourites to go through and that can carry pressure, so it is a bit of a relief to be honest.

“Over the past six years we have lost three times at the semi-final stage of this competition, so we are all delighted to have got through this hurdle.

“We are enjoying such a good season, which started so well for us being runners-up in a seven-a-side county curtain raiser followed by our run in the ESFA Nation Cup tournament.”

He continued: “We now focus all of our attentions towards the league title, which could go down to the wire.

“We are playing two games this week and if we win both will go top of the division on goal difference with three games remaining, which includes a clash against Monkseaton High School who are currently in pole position.”

Ashington will also face Monkseaton in the final of the County Cup, which is being staged at Woodhorn Lane, the home of Ashington CFC, on Thursday, May 1.

Monkseaton booked their place after defeating Gosforth 5-0 in the other semi-final.