Cramlington’s Best completes hat-trick with late equaliser

Ashington Ladies striker Megan Tighe takes on a Cramlington defender during the 4-4 draw on Sunday. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington Ladies striker Megan Tighe takes on a Cramlington defender during the 4-4 draw on Sunday. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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A depleted Ashington Woodhorn Lane Ladies were denied three points by Rachel Best’s 89th minute equaliser for Cramlington in an eight-goal thriller at a cold Hirst Welfare on Sunday in a Northumberland County Ladies League clash.

Without six regulars, a patched up Ashington side gave debuts to keeper Nikita Johnston and defender Natalie McGrath.

The home side started well and took a early lead when Laura Fairley delivered a tasty cross which was stabbed in from close range by Laura Blake.

Laura Telford rattled the bar from 20 yards and Fenwick and Fairley both went close before the visitors shocked the home side when Amber Witson ran on from a through ball and stroked home past the advancing keeper.

Worse was to follow for Ashington as Kavanagh was adjudged to have fouled Best in the area and a penalty was awarded. Johnston pulled off a great save from the spot kick from Turnbull but Best reacted quicker than everyone and rammed home the rebound to put Cramlington ahead.

Only minutes before half-time Ashington were awarded a penalty when Tighe was bundled over and Fairley made to mistake to level the scores.

Ashington started the second half well and on 55 minutes Telford’s cracking shot from 15 yards took a deflection and beat the outstretched keeper to put the home side in the lead.

Emma Ginger had a shot cleared off the line and Hooker and Fairley nearly added to the score, but the missed chances cost Ashington as Best beat the defence and rammed home to make it level again.

Chances fell at both ends before Fairley unleashed a cracker to regain the lead on 80 minutes.

But Cramlington would not lie down and on 88 minutes Johnston pulled off a spectacular save from Witson but from the resultant corner the home defence failed to clear and Best claimed her hat-trick and the equaliser with a low shot.

Ashington Woodhorn Lane Ladies: Johnston, McGrath, Grahamslaw, Ginger, Kavanagh, Telford, Fairley, Hooker, Blake, Tighe, Fenwick. Sub: Bell.