A SECOND minute goal by midfielder Andrew Johnson earned Ashington CFC a place in the FA Cup third qualifying round.
The Colliers pulled off a superb 1-0 win in Tuesday night’s replay in Ellesmere Port against Blue Square Bet North side Vauxhall Motors.
The win followed a dramatic 3-3 draw at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday, where Ashington’s Jamie Clarke secured the replay with an injury time equaliser.
The all important strike arrived when Mark O’Dea played the ball to Johnson who looked up and smashed it home from the edge of the area with a right footed drive, giving home keeper Scott Tynan no chance.
After the early goal Ashington were forced to defend deeply, but they did so with great determination and assurance, while keeper Karl Dryden made some crucial saves.
The home side were driven on by centre forward Leighton McGivern, who caused problems for the visitors defence.
On the quarter hour his shot from the edge of the box was held by Dryden, who had already made a great block from the striker.
On the half hour McGivern had an effort which clipped the bar.
Before the interval Ashington ought to have doubled their lead when Dean Deagle sent Johnson through one-on-one with Tynan, but he was foiled by the keeper.
Early in the second half Josh Wilson had a shot turned around by Dryden then at the other end O’Dea put an effort wide of Tynan’s right hand post.
Ashington continued to defend for their lives and frustrate the home side.
The visitors could have sealed the win with four minutes remaining when O’Dea slipped a pass through for substitute Stephen Young which sent him clear, but the striker stood on the ball and the chance disappeared.
The win means Ashington, who were without skipper Darren Lough, who is recovering in hospital after suffering a fractured skull in Saturday’s game, will host another Blue Square Bet North side in the next round on Saturday, October 15 – Guiseley, who recently beat Blyth Spartans 5-0.
Ashington: Dryden, Taylor, Deagle, Dugdale, Atkin, Rees, Johnson, O’Dea, Clarke, Godsmark, Mullen (Young, 80 mins). Subs not used: Buzzeo, Wightman, Graham.