ASHINGTON CFC racked up their biggest victory of the season when they hit Stokesley for seven in their STL Northern League first division clash at Broughton Road on Saturday.
Four goals up at half-time and the game effectively over, the Colliers faced an anxious second 45 minutes – but only in the respect of not wanting to pick up injuries which could have scuppered plans for Saturday’s mouthwatering FA Cup tie against Grimsby Town.
Midfielder Andrew Johnson fired wide from two opportunities inside the opening three minutes.
The Colliers took the lead on the quarter hour with an unfortunate own goal but nevertheless terrific looking finish by Daniel Jones.
Damen Mullen swung over a corner from the left where Jones sent a bullet header from six yards past his own keeper.
Stokesley, rooted at the bottom of the league, hit back and after Karl Dryden had held a shot from Michael Murphy, Sangha Indy fired a shot which drifted just wide.
Midway through the half, Ashington doubled their lead.
Dean Deagle found Craig Scott on the left and after a good advantage played by referee Chris Woodall, Scott’s cross was side-footed just inside the near post by Johnson from eight yards.
On the half hour it was 3-0. James Taylor’s pass released Jonny Godsmark through the inside right channel and the striker applied a cool finish, slotting the ball wide of advancing keeper Justin Hutchinson.
Barely three minutes later, Scott scored his first goal for the club.
The Colliers forced three corners and from the latter by Deagle, Scott made no mistake at the back post, blasting in from close range.
Before the break, Nathan Porritt had an effort cleared off the line by James Taylor as despite the scoreline, the plucky Teessiders refused to give up.
On the hour after a pass from Johnson, Jamie Clarke – going away from goal – was upended by Hutchinson, but the keeper redeemed himself by pushing away Clarke’s spot kick.
However, within 90 seconds, goal number five arrived with Scott bagging his second of the afternoon.
Clarke glanced on a Mullen corner and Scott, in similar fashion to his first, lashed home.
Substitute Michael Hogg was denied before Damen Mullen got his name on the scoresheet with Ashington’s sixth in the 75th minute.
Clarke fed Johnson whose shot was saved by Hutchinson but Mullen rammed home the rebound.
Number seven came four minutes from time. Substitute Chris Fawcett played the ball through for Johnson who shrugged off a challenge from a defender then drove home.
Ashington: Dryden, Taylor (Buzzeo 75 mins), Scott, Dugdale (Fawcett 57 mins), Atkin, Grieve, Johnson, Deagle, Clarke, Godsmark (Hogg 62 mins), Mullen.
In midweek, Ashington went out of the Brooks Mileson League Cup, losing 1-0 against second division Chester-le-Street at Woodhorn Lane.
The winner arrived in the 76th minute. Scott Swanston latched onto a cross from the right by Ben Johnson and after beating the advancing Karl Dryden to the ball, lobbed it over him and into the back of the net.