Walton strikes late as Ashington beat Hebburn

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Substitute Marc Walton fired a sensational late winner for Ashington in a 2-1 victory over Hebburn on Tuesday night.

With one minute of normal time remaining, skipper Andrew Johnson and James Novak combined and when the latter played the ball into Walton, he looked up then unleashed a right footed power drive from fully 30 yards which flew over the advancing Gary Rogers and into the back of the net.

It was a goal worthy of winning any game and will be remembered for years to come – yet Walton’s wonder strike which consequently ensured his side three points, merely masked what had been a poor display by a lack lustre Ashington outfit.

Indeed Hebburn, who languish second bottom of the Ebac Northern League’s first division and on the basement in the current form table, clearly belied their lowly placing, particularly in the first half when they got off to a flying start.

Inside 54 seconds, the impressive Callum Smith fired well wide, but in the sixth minute, Channon North was more accurate as he put his side ahead with a measured finish.

Calvin McMahon pumped the ball forward from a free kick where North gave Karl Dryden no chance with a stunning headed finish from 12 yards which found the far corner of the net.

The Colliers got back on terms on the half hour with Glen Taylor notching his 29th goal of the season.

David Carson claimed the assist with a telling cross from the right and Taylor finished well with a towering header into the roof of the net.

Johnson and Kyle Oliver threatened before the break but almost immediately after the interval, Dryden was called into the action, diving bravely at the feet of North.

On the hour, the stopper pushed out a drive from McMahon then after Ben Christensen had lost his footing, substitute Aidan Bell – who had just been introduced two minutes earlier – was foiled by the sprawling Dryden.

Quarter of an hour from time, a cross by sub Martin Brittain was met by Glen Taylor whose header hit the post and rebounded straight into the arms of Rogers.

However, on a night when Ashington played in their change colour of blue, Walton‘s goal – which came completely out of the blue – sent the Collier army of fans home happy.

Ashington: Dryden, McGlen, Blandford (Walton 68), Oliver, C Scott, Christensen, Carson (Norris 81), J Taylor (Brittain 68), Johnson, G Taylor, Novak. Subs not used: L Scott, Downey.