Ashington undone by promotion contenders
Consett 4Ashington 1Consett secured three more precious points in their bid for promotion with victory over Ashington at a chilly Belle View Stadium on Saturday.
A trio of goals in the first half from Nicky Allen, Matty Slocombe and Luke Carr effectively put the game out of sight whilst being extremely harsh on the Colliers.
After trailing to Allen’s early strike, the Wansbeck outfit grew into the match and were indeed the better side until Slocombe doubled Consett’s lead. Carr’s thunderbolt just prior to the half time interval merely rubbed salt into sore wounds.
The visitors found themselves trailing after only four minutes when Allen met a cross from the right. He brought the ball down with his left foot then struck a first timer with his right which gave ‘keeper Adam McHugh no chance.
Ashington’s first sniff of an opening came on the quarter hour mark when Thomas Kalthoeber had a shot saved at the post by the feet of home ‘keeper Kyle Hayes.
The Colliers continued to press forward and carved out a glorious opportunity in the 32nd minute when Brannen dragged his shot inches wide of the upright. That proved to be a pivotal turning point as two minutes later, the Steelmen added a second. when Slocombe neatly lobbed over McHugh on the counter attack.
The Colliers retaliated and Allen hit the side netting before they were undone again when Carr unleashed a tremendous left foot strike from 30 yards which left McHugh grasping thin air.
Ashington began the second half in spirited fashion but were unable to find a breakthrough. However, with quarter of an hour remaining, Consett got a fourth when the unmarked Calvin Smith headed powerfully into the roof of the net from a right sided corner. But three minutes later, plucky Ashington at least got a consolation which their play had warranted. Curtis Coppen found Gaffney down the left and his cross was turned home by substitute Lee Scott. Then in the 81st minute, Price slipped the ball through for Scott whose shot was parried away by Hayes.
*On Saturday Ashington are away to Stockton.