Ashington Ladies still top of league

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ASHINGTON CFC Ladies remain top of the Northumberland County Women’s Football League following a 5-2 win over North Shields.

Ashleigh Betts latched onto a Danielle Clasper through ball and slotted sweetly past the keeper to open the scoring.

The next few minutes saw Ashington create several chances and following some neat passing between Megan Tighe and Nikki Sturgeon the ball was laid back to captain Clasper who fired home from the edge of the box.

Ashington then sat back and allowed North Shields to press forward and exploit several gaps in the home defence.

North Shields top goalscorer Danielle Parker broke the offside trap to score a well deserved goal.

Clasper restored the two-goal advantage five minutes before the break with a quickly taken Rebecca Caldow throw-in which caught the North Shields defence by surprise.

The second half started at the same frantic pace with North Shields pressing forward and creating numerous chances.

The Angels were reduced to ten players when Jodine Crombie was dismissed after bringing down a North Shields forward in the penalty box.

However, the Reds were unable to reduce the deficit as the spot kick was missed.

The Angels took full advantage and following a goalmouth scramble Tighe poked the ball goalwards and it was diverted into the net by an unlucky Shields defender.

Laura Cannon pulled a goal back for Shields with 20 minutes to go only for Lauren Kavangh to restore the three-goal cushion with a well taken 25-yard lob.

Ashington: Duff, Sayer, Caldow, Hogg, Crombie, Clasper, Tighe, Sturgeon, Gaffney, Betts, Kavanagh. Subs: MacDonald, McKenzie, Fish, Murphy, Thomson.

On Sunday the Angels entertain Cramlington Junior, 2pm,at Hirst Welfare.