Ashington out of FA Cup after single goal replay defeat at Scarborough

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Ashington lost their FA Cup first qualifying round replay to a single goal for Scarborough Athletic.

Home skipper Gary Bradshaw’s strike proved to be enough to see off a gallant challenge by Ashington at Queensgate on Tuesday night.

Bradshaw latched onto a through pass which cut through the Colliers defence before lifting the ball over debutant keeper Kyle Barnard.

The single goal defeat will be even harder to take for the Colliers after the Seadogs had clawed their way back into Saturday’s initial contest to force the rematch with a 93rd minute equaliser.

But as they pitted their wits against their higher status opponents from the Evo-Stik first division north, it was the Wansbeck outfit who emerged the better side in the opening half after an even opening.

Home stopper Jason White had to make a smart save with his feet to deny skipper Glen Taylor before Bradshaw fired over for the home side after a quick counter attack.

In the 20th minute, Barnard clawed the ball away to safety to deny Ryan Blott, then at the other end, White again foiled Glen Taylor before the Colliers had strong appeals for a handling offence in the area but the penalty claims were turned down.

As the half drew to a close, Marc Walton tested White and Glen Taylor was off target.

Boro had an early chance after the break through Beadle which saw Barnard make an excellent save.

Following Bradshaw’s breakthrough, the Ashington goal came under threat again as the same player headed across the face of the target, then Jimmy Beadle had a goal disallowed.

But it is the Seadogs who went through as they claimed a second scalp from the north east having defeated North Shields in the previous round.

Scarborough Athletic will now travel to face Curzon Ashton in the second qualifying round on Saturday week.

Ashington: Barnard, McGlen, Christensen, Slaughter, Flynn, Lumsden, Oliver, Downey, Walton, G Taylor, Davison. Subs: Elliott, Richardson, Egen, Novak.

Attendance: 256.