Ashington still winless in 2018

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Ashington are still looking for their first win in 2018 after a textbook strike from Guisborough Town’s Louis Goldsack denied them all three points at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The Colliers were twice in front through Damien Stevens and Wayne Buchanan but a brace from Goldsack - his second coming ten minutes from time - saw the spoils shared. Colliers boss Steve Bowey had predicted plenty of goals in the contest but there was nothing to back up his claim after a stagnant opening period.

Indeed the first semblance of a chance came on the quarter hour with Kyle Downey clipping a free kick from 20 yards over the bar.

Midway through, Ben Christensen slotted the ball through to Stevens who chipped ‘keeper Jordan Nixon but the ball drifted wide.

The Priorymen then spurned two marvellous opportunities inside as many minutes. Joe Morley found Steve Roberts and when his effort was pushed out by home ‘keeper Conor Grant, the rebound fell into the path of Ben Hugill but he blasted off target.

Similarly after Nathan Steel pulled the ball back from the by line, Goldsack sliced wide from 16 yards. Ashington went in front in the 32nd minute – but within a minute were pegged back. Guisborough played out from the back – but a defender lost possession with Stevens and Dylan Williamson combining and when the latter’s effort was pushed out by Nixon, Stevens gobbed up the loose ball to slot home.

However the old footballing adage that a team is at its most vulnerable after scoring certainly rang true as a shot from distance by Steel thudded against the base of the post and Goldsack found the corner with an accurate finish.

But for Nixon, Ashington would have been back in front in the 36th minute. Stevens – playing against one of his former clubs – cut inside but his goalbound effort was pushed into the air by the visiting stopper.

The Colliers – kicking with the strong wind on their backs in the second period – got off to a great start as they regained the lead three minutes in. Luke Salmon floated a free-kick into the area where Buchanan’s bullet header from nine yards gave Nixon no chance as it nestled inside the upright. Ashington almost fell into the same trap as they had done in the first half as a mere sixty second later, a cross from the left by Joe Ferguson was hacked clear from the centre of the goal by Jay Hornsby.

Chances evaporated until the visitors drew level for a second time in the 81st minute. Substitute David Onions played a superb ball to Roberts in space down the right and when his effort was repelled by Grant, Goldsack curled in a stunning left footer wide of the despairing hands of Grant.

In stoppage time, Buchanan was off target with another header from a restart by Ashington substitute and player/manager Steve Bowey then with the last kick of the game, Bowey came within inches of finding a winner with a free kick from 25 yards.

*On Saturday, Ashington are at home to Consett (3pm).