Ashington advanced into the second round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup with a 3-1 win over Billingham Synthonia at Central Avenue on Wednesday night.
Andrew Johnson and Glen Taylor were on target in the first period but with the Colliers sitting comfortably, a howler from keeper Karl Dryden brought Synners back into the contest and it was not until Marc Walton netted 12 minutes from time that the Wansbeck side could relax.
Ashington took the lead in the tenth minute.
Glen Taylor found Johnson who advanced into the area then fired wide of keeper Timothy Griffiths from 14 yards.
The visitors continued to dominate and Walton had a terrific shot from a tight angle tipped over by Griffiths before they added a second on 25 minutes.
Glen Taylor intercepted a pass and progressed into the box before giving Griffiths no chance with a crisp low drive.
However, Synners –and centre forward Michael Sweet –were gift-wrapped a way back into affairs with only 20 seconds of the half remaining.
Dryden tried to play a free kick into the middle but only drove the ball straight to Sweet who could not believe his luck as he was presented with an opportunity which he could not miss and he fired into an empty net.
Synners held the upper hand after the break and ten minutes in a break by Aidan Cattermole looked promising until Lance McGlen – playing in the centre of defence – made a great challenge in the area to halt him.
With 12 minutes remaining Ashington restored their two-goal cushion.
Johnson schemed the move, finding Glen Taylor who played the ball back into his path and when Johnson clipped it across Griffiths, Walton hammered home.
Ashington: Dryden, J Taylor, Oliver, Dugdale (L Scott 82 mins), McGlen, C Scott, Norris (Briggs 76 mins), Johnson, Walton, G Taylor, Carson. Subs not used: Riddell, Aisbit, Barnard.