IF November 22 last year was a night to remember for Ashington – and in particular for forward Phill Bell – Wednesday night was one to forget.
Four months ago, the goals rained in as Bell scored five in a 7-1 rout over Bishop Auckland at Woodhorn Lane.
However, Arran Wearmouth’s solitary strike ten minutes from time in this week’s return fixture proved to be the telling blow which brought Ashington’s six-match unbeaten run to an end.
Wearmouth, who was a threat throughout the contest, latched onto an inch perfect through ball following a counter attack to bury a right foot drive from the edge of the area wide of Colliers keeper Karl Dryden.
Ashington had started the game well with Andrew Johnson having a header tipped over by keeper Peter Jeffries.
But Bishops gradually played their way into the game and the Colliers were grateful to go in at the half-time interval on level terms.
The visitors, who lost centre back Gareth Rees on the quarter hour with a facial injury, were then indebted to Dryden who twice foiled Andy Johnson and his strike partner Wearmouth.
Ashington improved after the break and Marc Walton netted in the 52nd minute but the effort was ruled out for offside.
Walton then miscued from an inviting cross by Johnson before Mark O’Dea’s header was tipped over the bar by Jeffries and substitute Matty Grieve’s header from the resultant corner by Tommy English was held by the keeper.
After Wearmouth’s strike, Bishops’ Johnson came close to a second in the first of three minutes of time added on when his effort hit the inside of the post and rebounded clear.
The Colliers will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Consett on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.
Ashington: Dryden, Buzzeo, Lough, Dugdale (Taylor 64 mins), Atkin, Rees (Grieve 14 mins), Johnson, O’Dea, Walton, Bainbridge (Godsmark 55 mins), English. Subs not used: Young, Tait.