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 Post subject: 10/09/2016 Ashington Colliers
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:58 pm 
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Killingworth traveled up into Northumberland to face Ashington Colliers looking to build on last weeks comfortable win at home to Birtley. The away side were dealt a blow prior to this game when two of last weeks goal scorers were both injured, Leighton Hopper and the red hot Lee Waugh.

Nevertheless, Killy had a squad of 21 players to choose from for this game and it must be said the lads that didn't make the 16 all came and joined in with the warm up and did extra work on their own, a real credit to all those involved and just goes to show what a great togetherness we are building here at the club.

It was the away side who started brightly keeping hold of the ball well and looking to make the most of the early possession. The first ten minutes were fairly even with Hamilton having the first real effort on goal with a header that went wide. Both sides were seeing a lot of the ball but Killy worked an attack down the left flank with the debuting Steven Ardley crossing to Nicky Evans who's shot was narrow deflected wide.

It was Killy who broke the deadlock on 23 minutes when more good build up play resulted in a free kick 20 yards from the Ashington goal. The home keeper decided to stand right behind his wall which left a gap to the left of the goal that allowed Scott Bamborough to beautifully curl his effort into the top left corner.

23 mins - Ashington 0 - 1 Killingworth

The goal spurred the home side into action with Ashington now looking to bounce back with the speedy wingers looking a threat but dealt with well by Ardley and Buzzeo. On 30 minutes Ardley had a shot that was again just wide of the mark as Killy looked to increase their lead and almost did just that on 36 minutes when a fantastic through ball by Hamilton played in the returning Louis Howe who's effort was smartly saved by the home keeper. The resulting corner was just about kept out in the goal line.

Killy were almost made to pay for the previous missed chances as a long ball from the home side was headed down to the Ashington number 11 from around 25 yards out, the Ashington man hit a half volley on the turn which looked destined for the top corner past a helpless Regan but the the relief of the away side it crashed off the crossbar and up into the air. Less that a minute later Ashington looked to have leveled the scores when a great effort from distance looked to be heading in but Regan in the Killy goal somehow leapt to keep out the goal bound effort and tip it onto the crossbar. The final 5 minutes of the half were rather even and the away side went in a goal to the good at half time.

HT - Ashington 0 - 1 Killingworth

It was the away side who came the blocks sharp in the second half with Bowman being a real nuisance down the left with a long run almost creating an early chance. The home side got themselves back into the game breaking down the away sides dangerous attacks but we're finding it hard to breach a solid Killy defense. The away side were left with ten men for a period as Louis Howe received a nasty gash on his forehead which required medical assistance. It was during this spell the home side looked to capitalize forcing Regan into a fantastic save to keep his side in front. Howe eventually returned to the pitch as the away side looked to keep the home side at bay.

Killy started to see more possession and introduced Andy Waugh who linked up well with Ardley and Howe down the left resulting in a shot being saved. Right back up the other end the superb Regan was once again called into action saving well when the Ashington attacker looked certain to equalize. This seemed to spur the away side on as the next five minutes was all Killy with the attackers probing looking to kill the game off and they were rewarded when Louis Howe broke free and left the defenders for dead and smartly played the ball across to Hamilton who took the ball in his stride and produced an orgasmic chipped finish from 20 yards past the stranded home custodian to put Killy two up on 67 minutes.

67 mins - Ashington 0-2 Killingworth

Killingworth looked to add a third with Bowman trying his luck from 25 yards. Waugh created a chance on 72 minutes which was once again just cleared by the home defense. Ashington continued to look a threat and pulled a goal back in the 75th minute when a cross from the right wasn't cleared in the home box and found its way to an Ashingtons player who shot low and hard past an on rushing Regan and was almost kept out by a stretching Chris Scott but the home side had a lifeline.

75 mins - Ashington 1-2 Killingworth

Killingworth immediately looked to regain their two goal advantage and a long throw by Ardley found Bowman who's shot was well saved the home keeper. Regan again had to be alert from distance and did well to hold a shot from 25 yards. The away side were now really applying the pressure looking to break whenever possible but had to be wary of the dangerous Ashington wide men. Good build up play by killy in the final ten minutes won a flurry of corners but the home defense dealt with everything the away side were throwing at them.

In the 90th minute Bowman turned on the burners and broke free from the Ashington back line and looked to play in Lowis Howe, now sporting a head bandage similar to that of Terry Butcher after splitting his head open not once, but twice in the second half both which required stitches. Bowmans ball was superb and Howe's initial effort was saved but he worked hard to get on the end of the rebound and tuck away the ball to seal all 3 point for the away side.

FT - Ashington 1-3 Killingworth

A real battling performance from a stubborn Killingworth side who were well organized and went about their business professionally from start to finish.

Next week we take a break from league action and welcome North Shields Athletic to West Moor.

TEAM: Regan, Buzzeo, Scott, Whitfield, Ardley, Bamborough, Evans, McBride, Howe, Hamilton, Bowman

SUBS: Fyvie, M.Robson (74), Dixon, Monoghan (74), A.Waugh (51)

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