Perfect start as Colliers go nap
It was a perfect start to pre-season for Ian Skinner and his squad as they came away from Hall Lane with a 5-1 win over Northern League Division 2 side Durham City.
Having brought in several players over the summer to add to those retained from last season, Skinner was able to rotate his squad and play a different XI for each half.
Ashington’s first chance came after just four minutes when Kyle Downey’s free kick sailed into the box ahead of the ‘keeper but nobody was able to get the crucial touch. Just two minutes later and an error from ‘keeper David Smallman enabled Harry Newton to take advantage backheeling the ball into the net to give the Colliers the lead.
Further goals from Callum Johnston (2) and Dominic Price before half time gave Ashington a convincing 5-0 lead going into the break.
Half time saw eleven changes for Ashington whilst Durham made only two, including their ‘keeper. Durham appeared to come out more fired up in the second half, and just after the hour mark were rewarded when Michael Young pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Curtis Coppen brought down Adam Ivison just inside the corner of the box. Both teams had several chances in the final third of the game, but none came to fruition.
Charlie Dixon made four superb saves when facing Ashington strikers one on one and was a key factor in keeping the scoreline down.