ASHINGTON crashed to their heaviest home defeat of the season last night when STL Northern League championship contenders and leaders Sunderland RCA ripped them apart in the first half to complete a season’s double.
Back in August, Gavin Barton was a thorn in the Colliers side as he rifled a hat-trick in RCA’s 5-1 victory, but on Tuesday evening it was another forward, Andy Jennings, who caused the Woodhorn Lane side problems throughout.
The lanky striker netted twice inside the first 25 minutes, his first ironically coming against the run of play.
Jennings latched on to a through ball and unleashed an early left foot effort which caught home keeper Karl Dryden flat footed with the ball creeping inside the far post.
That goal came in the 12th minute, and after Dryden had tipped away from Mark Davison, Jonny Godsmark seized onto a back pass but drove across the face of the goal as keeper Neal Atkinson advanced.
Paul Buzzeo then made a great tackle inside the area to stop Jennings in his tracks.
But the striker added his second of the night following a long throw-in from Adam McGuinness.
The ball was glanced on before Jennings fired in with a shot on the turn from six yards.
And it got worse for the Colliers as five minutes from half-time, Mark Davison met a cross from the left by Ian Davidson to bullet home a header.
Ashington reshuffled during the interval, withdrawing Tommy English and introducing Matty Grieve, but only two minutes in RCA added a fourth.
The ball was pumped into the area following a throw-in on the right with Davidson allowed time to turn at the far post and hammer home.
Godsmark had a shot saved by Atkinson before Marc Walton was denied by the stopper with the striker’s follow up shot also blocked.
Ashington: Dryden, Buzzeo, Lough, Taylor, Atkin, Scott, Johnson (O’Dea 74 mins), Tait, Walton, Godsmark (Young 74 mins), English (Grieve 46 mins). Subs not used: Bainbridge, Rees.