Booth at the double as Ashington win again!
First home league victory of the season.
In the first home league fixture of the season Ashington welcomed Horsham Sparrows.
The side reverted to the preferred back three, midfield four and lone striker formation for this game.
Uncharacteristically, Ashington started slowly. After recent heavy victories, it appeared the players were intent to launch gung-ho attacks at the expense of the tactical discipline needed at the beginning of a competitive football match.
This attacking play was not married with the required work rate when tracking back and the Ashington defence was left exposed as a three.
A great deal of credit must go to Lowdell, Mace and Bicknell for the commitment they showed when overrun by the Horsham attack.
Indeed, the side could have found themselves behind for the first time this season if not for a flying save low to his left by the dependable Wheatley.
The defence and Wheatley then went onto deny The Sparrows on two other occasions in the Shaky opening ten minute period.
With some gentle prompting from the sidelines, the team got their shape and discipline back.
Captain Tom Easdale grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with his usual great touch and driving energy through the phases. Choosing the perfect moment to release forward passes to initiate attacking moves.
The side then went onto to dominate the rest of the half against a fiercely competitive Sparrows side. Scoring four goals without reply.
The pick of the goals coming from Gorman who lashed the ball ferociously past the despairing keepers dive high into the top corner from far on the right touchline.
Also, Hanley used his speed to latch onto an enormous goal kick from Wheatley before dispatching a calm finish past the keeper. Glorious ‘Route One’ Football! Credit to both players for seeing the opportunity and making it count.
Ewan Booth returned from Illness to make his usually efficient impact. He used the ball intelligently in front of the defence playing CDM and grabbed himself a brace by the end of the game. The pick when he slotted the ball low to the keepers left after a glorious though ball by Brockhurst.
Again, Angus Alcott had a solid game, passing the ball well from midfield and for a short time as a sweeper. Alcott nearly found himself on the scoresheet: he flung himself at a great cross from Bicknell from the left.
In the second half Ashington went on to add a further six goals.
Fin Goodchild was dependable as ever, this week playing on the left side of defence. Despite being right footed, he struck to this difficult task preventing most attacks before they could start.
Nearly all the players were involved in the goal of the day. The ball being laid back to Wheatley from the left, by Lowdell, who distributed the ball to the Right centre half, Blackburn, Who laid the ball up the wing. Four simple passes later and finished by Booth, the ball was nestled in the net without the Sparrows being able to make a challenge. Well done.
Hanley finished with a hat-trick. Slotting a low right footed drive into the bottom corner and lifting a bouncing ball over the despairing keeper into the net. He now has fourteen goals in 3 games.
Gorman finished the day with four goals. A display of real dynamism and impact from midfield, he even performed a rainbow flick when drifting out to left side. Great overall effort Ashton.
The scoring was rounded off by Yusuf Morgan, opening his league account for the season, who touched in a rebound after the keeper saved twice.
Another Clean sheet for Keeper Sam Wheatley was well deserved. The defence in front of him, today proved as solid as ever - they are becoming a tough nut to crack. Well done Ollie Lowdell, Theo Bicknell, Jamie Mace, Austen Blackburn, Angus Alcott and Fin Goodchild.
A very dogged display from Mace when called upon today. He showed great strength against larger players when defending and showed good composure when passing.
Well done to Austen Blackburn who is finding good form and is much improved in recent weeks. Some great positioning today and passing to his winger.
A special mention for Theo Bicknell, who has been under the weather and did a great job for the side repelling right sided attacks and for getting an assist when play on the left wing.
Man of the Match was Matt Brockhurst who was the catalyst for the teams display. He played Left and Right midfield and in a roaming roll. Most of the more effective football came from moves he started. Matts performance proves that it is not all about scoring or even getting the assist. When on song he keeps the team ticking over - well done.
Ashington Cougars 10 - 0 Horsham Sparrows
Captain: Tom Easdale
Ashton Gorman x 4
Brendan Hanley x 3
Ewan Booth x 2
Yusuf Morgan x1