Ashington score three in final 20 minutes to beat Celtic

Striker Lee Scott puts Ashington into the lead despite being surrounded by five West Allotment defenders in their 3-1 away win. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Striker Lee Scott puts Ashington into the lead despite being surrounded by five West Allotment defenders in their 3-1 away win. Picture by Ian Appleby -

Whitley Park has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for Ashington, but on Saturday the Wansbeck outfit pulled off a rare victory over West Allotment Celtic.

The Colliers scored three goals in the final 20 minutes to secure victory, their first at Benton since the 2009-10 campaign.

Ben Harmison, Lee Scott and Andrew Johnson were on target to complete a good few days for Ashington, who had gone into the contest on the back of a 3-0 success over Newcastle Benfield in midweek.

Chances were few and far between in the first half despite both sides playing some neat constructive football on a surface in immaculate condition.

In the seventh minute Sam Walton and Sean McRoberts linked down the right and when the ball found ex-Collier Luke Parkinson on the far side, his cross shot caught keeper Conor Grant unawares and thudded against the base of the post.

At the other end, Allotment stopper Jak Wells pushed out a shot from Chris Moore then the same player found Ben Harmison, who after wriggling clear, fired weakly at the keeper.

Michael Dixon headed over from a Kyle Downey corner then when play switched, Paul Kane was off target from a Daniel Sayer cross.

Ten minutes from the break David Henderson cut through the visitors defence but was thwarted by Grant who blocked his effort well, then early in the second half, Moore fed Michael King who unleashed a left footer which was pushed away by Wells.

The home side broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute from the penalty spot.

Kane evaded the offside trap and after advancing into the area was upended by Grant. It was a stonewall penalty and after the keeper had been yellow carded, Kane confidently sent him the wrong way.

Johnson fired over and Dixon glanced wide in quick succession before the Colliers drew level in the 70th minute with Harmison notching his sixth goal in seven appearances.

Johnson swung over a corner and Harmison scored with a stunning header from the junction of the six yards box which dropped inside the far upright.

Lee Scott, playing against his former club, saw a lob cleared off the line by home skipper Ian Dunn, then skill by Johnson saw him bamboozle two defenders, cut inside and square the ball where Harmison side footed wide.

In the 80th minute Ashington went 2-1 ahead through Scott.

Harmison spun and had a shot blocked after receiving from by Paul Weldon, and when Moore picked up the rebound, he crossed low for Scott who rammed the ball home from six yards.

Wells clutched a header from Harmison then 50 seconds later a shot from distance by substitute Marc Allen was held by Grant.

However, in the 87th minute the Colliers wrapped the game up as two substitutes combined to set up the third.

Ollie Hotchkiss, who had only been introduced two minutes earlier, found Kyle Oliver and his low cross into the box to Johnson saw the skipper sweep home from 12 yards without having to break stride.

Before kick-off, players, officials and supporters observed a minute’s applause in memory of 14-year-old Rhya Story, who sadly passed away last week.

Ashington: Grant, Blandford, Weldon, Downey (Oliver 82), Atkin, Grieve, Moore, Dixon, King (Scott 62), B Harmison (Hotchkiss 85), Johnson. Subs not used: Christensen, Race.

On Saturday, Ashington are at home to Bishop Auckland, kick-off 3pm.