Ashington on fire as they put ten past Newton Aycliffe
Ashington skipper Andrew Johnson netted four goals as the Colliers recorded their biggest win at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night.
The Wansbeck side tore high flyers Newton Aycliffe apart with a scintillating performance from start to finish and ended up 10-1 winners.
The visitors rested several players ahead of their Durham Challenge Cup final against West Auckland on Good Friday, but that did not detract from Ashington’s performance as they turned in their best display of the season.
And it started from the first whistle as within the opening 20 seconds a highly promising move was only brought to a halt by an offside decision.
For the opposition, Axel Williamson did well on a run down the right flank before his cross was intercepted.
Johnson then weaved inside two defenders to set up Kyle Oliver whose effort from 25 yards was just over.
Then Andrew Bulford’s flick sent Damien Stevens through down the right but his shot was saved by keeper Lewis Brass.
But within 30 seconds Oliver found Stevens whose right foot thunderbolt smacked against the bar and the rebound fell into the path of Bulford who planted a diving header into the far corner for an eighth minute lead.
Midway through the half the visitors drew level. A corner on the right by Jordan Laidler found Kieran Watson at the near post and his fine header beat keeper Conor Grant before nestling inside the far corner.
But it took only four minutes for the Colliers to get their noses in front a second time.
Brass tipped over a 25 yarder from Johnson and from the resultant corner on the left swung over by the skipper, Lee Scott found the roof of the net with a bullet header.
Ashington really turned the screw prior to the break as they scored three in five minutes.
Johnson side footed in from six yards to make it 3-1 then excellent work by the skipper saw him reach the byline and when he pulled the ball across, Stevens rammed home.
Then in time added on, Jake Trodd’s pass saw Bulford cleverly flick the ball through his legs for Johnson who fired just inside the post for the fifth.
Another treble inside ten second half minutes rocketed the score up to eight.
In the 53rd minute, Matty Grieve netted but referee Graeme Hopper had already awarded a penalty for a handling offence against an Aycliffe defender. Scott stepped up to send Brass the wrong way from the spot.
Two minutes later Grieve got his name on the score sheet with a glancing header into the top corner following a free kick from Johnson, which was whipped in with pace on it.
Then relentless attacks resulted in an eighth when Stevens slipped the ball through to Scott. His effort was parried by Brass but the rebound fell into the path of Stevens who blasted into an empty net.
With quarter of an hour remaining, Ashington were on cloud nine. Brilliant work down the right by the pacy Stevens saw him beat his marker and when he cut the ball back, although Johnson was initially blocked, he picked the rebound, turned and clipped home left footed.
Then in the 79th minute, terrific play by Scott saw him wriggle to the byline and when he crossed, Johnson blasted in the tenth.
Incredibly the tally could have risen further as Brass saved from Oliver, Stevens and substitute Scott Gunn.
The previous highest score for Ashington at Woodhorn Lane was a 9-0 win against Pontefract Collieries in FA Cup extra preliminary round back in the 2013-14 season.
Other high scoring wins include wins by Ashington at Woodhorn Lane include an 8-0 over Ryton in the 2010-11 season and 8-1 against Billingham Town in the 2012-13 campaign.
On Saturday, Ashington make the short trip to face North Shields, kick-off 3pm.
Ashington: Grant, Taylor, Trodd, Oliver, J Harmison (Downey 66), Grieve, Stevens, Dixon (Dunn 64), Bulford (Gunn 56), Scott, Johnson. Subs not used: B Harmison, Hall.