Ashington in top form after win over Sunderland RCA

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Ashington moved up to third from top place in the Ebac Northern League first division with a 4-0 victory over Sunderland RCA at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night.

The Colliers – who have now won their last five matches – made a terrific start when they went ahead in the seventh minute.

The pace of Sam Norris down the right flank was instrumental as he got the better of full back Liam Clough and when he pulled the ball back from the by-line, David Carson’s shot was blocked on the line but Glen Taylor rifled home from the rebound to register his 14th goal of the campaign.

Two minutes later, skipper Andrew Johnson produced a scintillating run down the left from the half way line only to fire into the side netting.

The midfielder then swung over a deep corner from the left where Craig Scott headed down for Marc Walton, who sliced his effort which struck a defender but Ashington shouts for a handling offence went unheeded.

The visitors, clearly belying their seventh from bottom placing, enjoyed a lot of possession and midway through the half Keiran Edwards took a corner which was met by Kyle Morris but Lance McGlen got in a superb block to snuff out the danger.

Minutes later, Morris was the supplier of a ball knocked into the path of Gavin Barton whose volley from the edge of the area flashed wide of Karl Dryden’s right hand post.

On the half hour, Johnson was denied by Jonathan Carmichael, but shortly afterwards Johnson’s neat finish gave his side a two-goal cushion.

Walton laid the ball off for Johnson who advanced into the area then clipped it over the advancing Carmichael and into the roof of the net.

Eighty seconds into the second period, James Taylor burst through on a promising run only to blaze over, then at the other end, Josh Home-Jackson sliced at a chance at the far post.

Norris had a shot cleared off the line by Aaron Brown before Johnson got his second of the night and Ashington’s third in the 62nd minute.

Carson found Glen Taylor who advanced through the middle before laying the ball off to Johnson who slotted a right foot effort wide of Carmichael and into the far corner.

It was a picture goal and five minutes later the Colliers added a fourth from the penalty spot.

Walton found Glen Taylor who was fouled in the area by John Jury just as he was about the shoot, with referee Stuart Campbell pointing for the award whereupon Walton promptly stepped forward and gave Carmichael no chance with a crisp right footer.

Dryden pushed away a free kick from Home-Jackson before the final action saw substitute Dean Briggs find Glen Taylor whose effort was blocked by the keeper.

Ashington: Dryden, Lee Scott, Blandford, J Taylor, C Scott, McGlen (Briggs 69 mins), Norris (Race 85 mins), Johnson, Walton (Downey 75 mins), G Taylor, Carson. Subs not used: Dugdale, Moscrop.

Attendance: 148.