Ashington thump defending champions Spennymoor

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ASHINGTON pulled off a great result in their FA Carlsberg Vase clash at the beginning of December to knock Spennymoor, one of the favourites, out of the competition.

And on Tuesday night the Colliers turned in another outstanding performance as they steam-rollered the defending Northern League champions in what was a thoroughly deserved 4-1 victory at Woodhorn Lane.

The home side began their night to remember right from the first whistle as they dominated the opening 25 minutes.

However, despite the good start, Ashington went behind on the half hour.

Gavin Cogden had gone close with the Moors’ first effort when his shot flew inches over, but minutes later Steven Richardson met a right wing corner from Keith Graydon to direct a bullet header into the roof of the net.

But the Colliers hit back superbly to reverse the lead with two well taken goals in ten minutes before the break.

The equaliser came following a corner on the right by Tommy English which was not cleared and when James Taylor played the ball across, Mark O’Dea clipped home right footed, squeezing the ball between keeper Craig Turns and the post.

With only seconds of the half remaining, Dan Taylor put Ashington ahead.

James Taylor fed Marc Walton who pulled the ball back from the byline for Taylor who applied a great first touch then whipped home across Turns and inside the far post.

And with only 33 seconds played in the second period, it was Taylor on the mark again to push his side into a 3-1 lead.

English chipped through a precision pass to Taylor who shrugged off a defender before slotting wide of Turns.

Phill Bell replaced two-goal Taylor and ten minutes later it was the substitute who netted the Colliers fourth.

On this occasion O’Dea slotted the ball through for Bell who tussled with Michael Laws in the area before the defender sent him sprawling.

Referee Neil Sharp had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Bell sent Turns the wrong way from the resultant penalty.