Helen sets a first at Woodhorn Lane

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Helen Conley wrote another chapter in the history of Ashington CFC when she refereed the Colliers’ FA Cup extra preliminary round tie against Pontefract Collieries on Saturday.

Ferryhill-based onley is in her first season after being promoted to the Ebac Northern League panel of referees and became the first female to take charge of a game at Woodhorn Lane.

“I was happy with my overall performance,” said Conley, an examinations officer and data manager at Wolsingham School and Community College at Bishop Auckland.