Williamson hat-trick as Ashington thump Celtic Nation

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Dylan Williamson scored a hat-trick inside the opening half hour as Ashington secured their place in the Ebac Northern League first division.

They finally saw off the threat of relegation with a 6-0 win over Celtic Nation at a windswept Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The game was as good as over by the interval as Steve Harmison’s side racked up a five-goal lead with Williamson and fit again skipper Andrew Johnson doing the damage.

Ashington took the lead in the eighth minute, but they had already threatened with Glen Taylor placing a header wide then visiting keeper James Greenhall making a superb double block to deny Kyle Downey and Taylor.

But following a corner on the left by Kyle Oliver, Williamson finished clinically, tucking a right footer wide of Greenhall and inside the post.

Midway through the half, Williamson doubled the advantage, again applying the finish after a Taylor assist.

Then debutant Dylan Armstrong produced some excellent work but when he pulled the ball back, Johnson’s effort struck the base of the post.

Home fans were celebrating for a third time on 28 minutes as Williamson completed his hat-trick.

Downey and Johnson schemed the move and when the latter cut inside then crossed, Williamson took the ball around Greenhall before slotting home.

Two minutes later, goal number four arrived. Williamson, Johnson and Taylor combined which allowed Johnson the opportunity to go past a defender and fire in.

Greenhall denied Williamson and Armstrong but with the final kick of the half, Ashington went nap as Taylor found Johnson who rifled home into the roof of the net.

In the second period, Johnson was thwarted by Greenhall then the Ashington midfielder picked up a pass from Oliver to deliver a lovely cross from the left into the danger zone which only required a touch.

The visitors, who refused to throw in the towel, thought they had pulled one back midway through but after a terrific strike from David Renyard, the effort was ruled out for offside.

Ten minutes from time, Ashington took their tally to six following a classic move.

Substitute Lewis Robson passed to Oliver and when he crossed low towards the near post and Armstrong applied a deft back flick from six yards inside the far corner.

Ashington: Grant, Brooking, Oliver, Dunn, Christensen, Buchanan, Williamson (Robson 54), Downey (Hayton 62), Armstrong, Taylor, Johnson (Stephenson 80). Subs not used: Harmison, Barnard.

Attendance: 209.

On Easter Saturday (April 4), Ashington are at home to Crook Town (3pm) then the Colliers travel to face Sunderland RCA on Tuesday, April 7.