Ashington v Consett



Consett made it six points from two games over the Bank Holiday weekend after an excellent 2-0 win at newly-promoted Ashington.

Manager Tony Fawcett was without the services of six of his squad for the trip to Woodhorn Lane, and had just one experienced sub on the bench.

But a goal early in each half and an excellent defensive display was enough to secure the points against the Colliers.

Consett made one change to the side which had beaten Sheffield 48 hours earlier, with Scott Fenwick returning to the front line, and Wil Shaw dropping into midfield in place of the absent Jake Orrell.

Ashington started the game on the attack, and had the first chance after five minutes, when Oli Thompson hit a good low effort from 25 yards which James Anderson pushed round the post for a corner.

The Steelmen took the lead on nine minutes, when good pressure by Fenwick forced the home defence into a mistake. The ball was picked up by Jack Gibbons, and his pass put Wil Shaw through on goal, and he made no mistake for his third goal in two games and fourth of the season, pictured below.


There was little to choose between the teams in the first half, with Consett content to let Ashington have plenty of the ball, defend deep and look to attack on the break.

The visitors had a decent penalty appeal turned down on 37 minutes when Shaw went down under challenge from Nathan Buddle, but the referee was unimpressed and waved play on.

Ashington’s best chance of the half came two minutes before the break when Dan Maguire turned his marker on the edge of the area and fired a well-struck effort just over the bar.

Half-time: Ashington 0 Consett 1

The first few minutes of the second half saw a great block by Arjun Purewal deny Craig Spooner, while at the other end Gibbons fired into the side netting after latching onto Zak Atkinson’s through ball, and Ben Ramsey bringing a good low save from home keeper Karl Dryden.

But on 56 minutes it was 2-0 to Consett when a long ball out from the back saw Scott Fenwick force an error from defender Darren Lough and run through to slot home past Dryden, pictured below.

Scott Fenwick fires home Consett’s second goal at Ashington. Pic: Gary Welford. Top picture: Keith Marley.

After a sustained period of pressure, Ashington almost pulled one back on 79 minutes when Consett twice cleared the ball off the line, but the visitors had a chance to wrap up the points four minutes later when Ryan McKinnon’s pass sent Shaw through and his shot flashed just wide of the far post.

On 87 minutes there was a let-off for Consett when Ashington sub Mason Hardy for once found a way through their defence, only for his shot to hit the outside of the post.

Despite five minutes of added time there was no time for the Colliers to give themselves a lifeline, and it was Consett who claimed the spoils after a classic away performance in front of a bumper crowd of 696.




Date Time Competition Season
28/08/2023 3:00 pm Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One East 2023-24


Woodhorn Lane
Woodhorn Lane, Ashington NE63 9DG, UK




Karl Dryden Goalkeeper
Kyle Errington Defender
Charlie Exley Defender 60'
Cameron Gascoigne Forward
Karl Ross Midfielder
Nathan Buddle Defender 84'
Darren Lough Defender
Oliver Thompson Forward
Ben Sampson Midfielder
Max Emmerson Midfielder
Dan Maguire Forward
Mason Hardy Forward
Craig Spooner Midfielder
Wilson Kneeshaw Forward
Simon Jakab Defender
Dylan Archer Midfielder


James Anderson Goalkeeper
Calvin Smith Midfielder
Arjun Purewal Defender
Matty Slocombe Midfielder 40'
Ryan McKinnon Defender
Dan Capewell Defender
Jack Gibbons Midfielder
Adam Mitchell Midfielder
Wil Shaw Midfielder 9'
Kieran Scott Midfielder
Scott Fenwick Forward 56'
Zak Atkinson Forward
Ben Ramsey Midfielder 28'
Harvey Smith Defender
Harvey Rudd Defender
Luke Spoor Goalkeeper