Ashington put eight past struggling Billingham Town

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Striker Glen Taylor fired a four-goal salvo as Ashington went on a scoring spree against Billingham Town at Bedford Terrace on Saturday.

The Colliers always looked a threat going forward and should have been ahead by more than a 2-1 scoreline at the interval.

And it was not until the final quarter hour that they really pressed home their superiority by netting five goals.

However, the emphatic victory was tarnished by the dismissal of Kyle Oliver 20 minutes from time after an altercation with Christopher Bivens.

There was a shock in store for the Wansbeck side as they fell behind inside a minute – against a team who had yet to register a point so far this term and who lie on the bottom of the first division.

Following a throw-in on the right, the ball was played through for Stephen Flockett who drove right-footed across Karl Dryden and into the far corner of the net.

Ashington were patient but were continually thwarted by home stopper Graeme Willey, who pulled off a string of excellent saves to deny Glen Taylor, Andrew Johnson and Oliver.

However, from being a goal down, the Colliers stormed into a 2-1 lead with two goals inside three minutes.

The equaliser came in the 19th minute and was carved out by a superb through ball from Andrew Dugdale to David Carson. The forward went through and fired confidently past the advancing Willey from 22 yards.

Dugdale was again involved in scheming the second.

He found Johnson who accelerated down the left and when he pulled the ball back, Glen Taylor curled a delightful right footed effort which clipped the post before crossing the line.

Ashington were cutting through the home defence at will and after Glen Taylor and Craig Scott had gone close, Willey was in the thick of the action again tipping the ball around from Johnson.

In a rare attack, Bivens had a shot fisted out by Dryden and seconds from the half-time whistle, Karl Charlton lofted over the advancing keeper. But sandwiched in between, Willey pushed away a header from Matty Grieve and Glen Taylor directed a volley straight at the keeper.

Ashington pushed for a third and after Carson had fired wide and Willey had denied Sam Norris, they served another warning when Scott’s header struck the inside of the post from a Johnson free kick.

However, midway through the period, a low cross from Norris saw Glen Taylor produce a nonchalant back flick which went across Willey and into the net off the post.

Two minutes later, Bivens and Oliver clashed near the touchline. Referee Chris Ellis consulted with his assistant which then saw both players sent off.

In the 74th minute, a restart by Johnson from 20 yards was touched onto the outside of the post by Willey, and from a second corner by Johnson, Glen Taylor headed into the far corner to make it 4-1.

Three minutes later, Taylor repaid the compliment, sending Johnson through and slotted wide of the keeper.

The final three goals came inside a five minutes spell.

Substitutes Dean Briggs and Marc Walton combined with the latter playing a closely knit one-two with Carson before rifling into the roof of the net.

James Taylor, who had not only been coolness personified in the middle of the park but also outstanding, then measured a pass into the area for Glen Taylor who did not have to break stride as he side-footed into the far corner for a picture goal.

Then in the 89th minute, Johnson was upended in the box by substitute Jonathon Burton and Walton added his second, making no mistake with a firmly driven spot kick.

In midweek, Ashington went down 3-0 against Penrith in Cumbria.

Matthew Read and Martyn Coleman scored first half goals with the former grabbing his second to seal the win 20 minutes from the end.

On Saturday Ashington take on neighbours Whitley Bay at Woodhorn Lane (3pm) in the first of a trio of home games.

On Tuesday, September 24, the Colliers take on Consett (7.30pm) then have a quick rematch against Billingham Town on September 28.