ASHINGTON Under-16s were the only team in the league to beat Blyth last season – twice – as the two sides won promotion.
On Saturday the tables were turned as Blyth put in an assured display to earn a 2-0 win.
Ashington started the stronger without creating any clear chances, but Blyth’s defensive pair of Kyle Mills and Jordan Yeomans stayed strong.
Midway through the first half Blyth created the best openings with Yeomans shooting just high from a free kick, Liam Wall’s shot lacking the power to trouble the keeper and Samuel Johnson’s thunderous shot being excellently parried.
Blyth changed tactics at half-time and were brought an immediate return with Alex Robinson feeding Samuel Johnson who rounded the keeper to stroke the ball into the back of the empty net.
Ashington were spurred into action for probably there best period of the game, but Blyth’s defence continued to hold strong, with especially Joe brooks and ex-Ashington player Connor May proving tough to beat.
With time running out and Ashington pushing forward another tactical change saw Blyth’s goalscorer turn provider when he powered down the wing and his pass found Wall unmarked for a tap in.