10-man Colliers dig in to claim unlikely point
An Ashington attacker flicks a header towards the Newcastle Benfield goal in the 1-1 draw THEY were under pressure for the vast majority of the game and reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes, but somehow Ashington took a hard-earned point from their visit to Newcastle Benfield.
Their hosts will look back on the game as a missed opportunity as they created numerous chances, but failed to secure a second win in four days.
Benfield looked understandably buoyed by their midweek victory over Bishop Auckland and started the game on the front foot.
They should have taken the lead on five minutes when Brayson battled his way in behind the Colliers’ defence, but his low shot was smothered by goalkeeper Grant.
The visitors’ number one was standing up to a barrage of chances and produced two stunning stops in quick succession to deny Dennis Knight and Rhys Evans.
And the former Blyth Spartans keeper made it four notable saves in the opening 15 minutes when he managed to hold on to an angled drive from Knight.
The Colliers had seen off an opening barrage from their hosts, but it wouldn’t be too long before another arrived.
A quiet period in the game suddenly subsided midway through the half when Benfield thought they had finally found their way past Grant.
The keeper parried a shot from Knight and the rebound was headed into the empty net by David Robinson, but the former Blyth AFC midfielder’s celebrations were cut short