Early goals see Consett past Ashington

Ashington's Andrew Johnson goes past Consett keeper Peter Jeffries to score his side's goal in the 2-1 defeat to Consett. Picture by Gary Welford
Ashington's Andrew Johnson goes past Consett keeper Peter Jeffries to score his side's goal in the 2-1 defeat to Consett. Picture by Gary Welford
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Consett leapfrogged Ashington and Newton Aycliffe to seventh in the Ebac Northern League’s first division after two goals in the first 12 minutes at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night saw them to a 2-1 win.

Steve Harmison’s side had been boosted by back to back wins and were looking to continue their run of results.

Ashington FC's Kyle Oliver. Picture by Gary Welford

Ashington FC's Kyle Oliver. Picture by Gary Welford

But they were facing an uphill battle after making a dreadful start to proceedings.

The game was only 42 seconds old when Michael Sweet was clean through in the inside left position.

The striker saw his effort blocked by Paul Weldon but the rebound fell to Luke Sullivan who stroked the ball home from 20 yards.

Ashington responded with Kyle Oliver finding Andrew Bulford down the right flank and when he crossed, Andrew Johnson’s shot was deflected for a corner.

However, in the 12th minute the Steelmen doubled their advantage with a picture goal.

On this occasion Sullivan turned provider with a precision and inviting cross from the right towards the near post which was laid on a plate for Sweet who steered a superb header into the net from six yards leaving home keeper Conor Grant rooted to the spot.

Five minutes later, a promising run through the middle by Johnson was brought to a halt by Ryan McKinnon who was promptly shown a yellow card.

And from the resultant free kick from all of 35 yards, a low effort from James Harmison was pushed around the post by keeper Peter Jeffries.

Daniel Hawkins had a shot parried by Grant then Jake Fowler was blocked before Ashington reduced the arrears with five minutes of the half remaining.

Jeffries had repelled a right footer from Johnson but the skipper notched his 17th goal of the campaign when he latched onto a through pass and after beating the advancing Jeffries to the ball, virtually walked it over the line.

Before the interval, Consett, kicking against the wind, had a great opportunity to restore their two goals cushion but they were foiled by Grant who parried from Calvin Smith then blocked from Sullivan.

Three minutes after the break, substitute Kyle Downey won back possession and crossed from the left where Matty Grieve’s effort from the edge of the area was deflected behind.

On the hour, Fowler cut inside from the left and his right foot shot flashed narrowly wide of Grant’s left hand post then Johnson got onto the end of a cross by Weldon but fired over from 20 yards.

In the closing stages, the Harmison brothers combined with James setting up Ben but he sliced his effort wide.

Then in the 83rd minute, Sweet thought he had made the game safe for Consett when he netted at the far post only to be flagged offside.

Ashington: Grant, Christensen, Weldon, Taylor (Downey 27), J Harmison, Grieve, Oliver, Dixon (Hotchkiss 75), Bulford (Scott 75), B Harmison, Johnson. Subs not used: Dunn, Gunn.

Attendance: 160.