10-man Col­liers dig in to claim un­likely point

Sunday Sun - - Football - BY MARK CAR­RUTHERS

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


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