Ashington go through to League Cup final

Ashington went through to the final of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup with a 3-1 victory over Newton Aycliffe at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday.

Yet again conditions had a big say in the affair with the Colliers, kicking into the teeth of a strong and gusty wind, coming out on top of the first period after holding a slender one goal advantage.

That strike came on the quarter hour from Glen Taylor after Andrew Johnson had found Dylan Armstrong down the left and when he crossed, Taylor hooked a left footer from ten yards which keeper James Winter got a hand too but could not prevent from crossing the line.

Within 90 seconds, Aycliffe’s Paul Garthwaite produced a surging run through the middle, evading three challenges until his run was stopped by a superb tackle from James Harmison.

Then within the space of five minutes, Winter kept his side in the tie when he denied Tony Stephenson then Armstrong.

Johnson had an early second half chance but fired tamely at Winter before the Blues drew level in the 51st minute from the penalty spot.

Kyle Oliver was penalised a handball and Liam Henderson scored, but only just as Conor Grant got a good hand to the spot kick but could not keep it out.

Midway through the second half Ashington regained the lead when Winter failed to hold Oliver’s deep cross from the right and Taylor was on hand to fire home the rebound from close range to record his 21st goal of the campaign.

Ten minutes from the end, Winter pulled off a spectacular save from Stephenson, but from the corner which ensured, James Harmison slotted in from Oliver’s delivery.

Minutes later the visitors had Mark Stephenson red carded as he was booked for a second time in the game.

Ashington: Grant, Oliver, Davison, Loughborough (Moscrop 79), Harmsion, Christensen, Stephenson (Robson 90), Downey, Armstrong (Webb 86), Taylor, Johnson. Subs not used: Hayton, Barnard.

Attendance: 307.