DESPITE a less than convincing performance, Ashington ground out a point against the FA Vase holders Dunston on Tuesday night
It was a case of what could have been for the home side, who should have been out of sight half-time but found themselves sharing the spoils at the final whistle.
They pinned Ashington back for long periods of the first half but never made that pressure count.
Dunston threatened as early as the first minute when veteran midfielder Ian Herron saw a shot deflected over the bar. The resulting corner caused problems but was cleared.
A minute later Colliers striker Marc Walton’s free kick stung the hands of UTS goalkeeper Liam Connell.
The main Dunston threat came from the left with full back Terry Galbraith and winger Lee McAndrew linking up well.
The two combined in the fifth minute with former Ashington man McAndrew crossing for striker Lewis Teasdale, and while his effort found the back of the net, he was deemed offside.
The home side finally broke the deadlock on 17 minutes when a Galbraith corner found Danny Craggs who headed past Colliers goalkeeper Karl Dryden.
Only two minutes later the home almost went two up when Galbraith, again linking up with McAndrew, produced a fine save from Dryden.
Dunston earned consecutive corners throughout the half and should have extended their lead.
Just after the half hour Steven Preen glanced his header from a McAndrew corner just wide of the post.
Ashington rarely posed a threat in the first period, although Walton did test Connell late on but the goalkeeper recovered smartly to his left hand post.
On 37 minutes a ball from Andrew Dobby was caught by Andrew Johnson whose effort did find the net, but was adjudged offside.
Meanwhile the onslaught on the Dunston left continued with McAndrew and Galbraith again linking with Preen who headed just off the mark. The three linked up again minutes later with Preen again heading wide.
Ashington were then gifted an equaliser two minutes before the interval.
A mix up at the back between Dunston defenders allowed Johnson time to round Connell and bury in the back of the net.
While Ashington did improve in the second half, Dunston tested their defence continuously from corners.
And the home side’s second goal came from one of these corners on 54 minutes.
Again McAndrew was the supplier, with Craggs once again allowed to head past Dryden.
However just a minute later Dunston shot themselves in the foot as they had done in the first half.
A defensive mix up let Johnson in again who squared the ball for midfielder Paul Antony who slotted the ball calmly into the right hand corner.
Ashington threatened to take the lead for the first time on 75 minutes. Marc Walton crossed from a short corner, but Johnson headed over.
While Galbraith and McAndrew had settled down in the second half, Dunston attacked down the opposite side with Craggs and Teasdale linking well.
And only a block by Matty Grieve denied the home side when Craggs’ pull back gave Teasdale a shot at goal.
Ashington: Dryden, Williams, Dobby, Antony, Atkin, Grieve, Taylor, Dugdale (O’Dea, 90 mins), Walton, Johnson, Bell (Storey 80 mins).