Colliers denied by late goal at Guisborough
A late goal by Guisborough Town’s Josh Rowbotham denied Ashington a deserved share of the spoils – and a first away point of the season - at the KGV ground on Saturday.
Rowbotham swept the ball home in the 80th minute following a free kick on the right which culminated in Ian Skinner’s side leaving Teeside empty handed. The defeat also brought Ashington’s three match unbeaten run in the league - including back to back wins over North Shields and Newcastle Benfield - to an end.
In what was the proverbial game of two halves, the Wansbeck side were fortunate to be level at the half way mark with Guisborough dominating for the entire first period. They went ahead in the 12th minute when a pinpoint cross from the left flank saw Sonni Coleman head the ball wide of ‘keeper Adam McHugh and they should have doubled their lead only four minutes later when Danny Earl whipped the ball over from the right but skipper Mark Robinson fired well wide.
John Howard went close on the half hour before the Colliers levelled out of the blue on 34 minutes through Dan Taggart, who slipped the ball under the body of ‘keeper Ryan Catterick from six yards.
With only seconds of the half remaining, Gavin Caines cleared off the line from a right sided corner and the half time whistle came as a welcome relief for the visitors.
Ashington came out of the dressing room a different outfit and looked particularly threatening on the break. But Rowbotham restored Guisborough’s lead, Roberts then smashed a shot against the underside of the bar whilst at the other end, sub Dan O’Reilly and Kalthoeber were both denied by last ditch blocks in the home defence.
*On Saturday (September 28), Ashington are at home to Sunderland Ryhope CW (3pm). The game sees the launch of the club’s 2019/20 season sponsorship with AkzoNobel UK and entry will be free for all spectators.
Ashington FC chairman Brian Shotton commented: “I would like to thank Jeff Hope, Jill Johnston and all at AkzoNobel for their continued support of Ashington FC.”