Orrell nets late winner

Whitley Bay 3Ashington 2A goal from Lewis Orrell seven minutes from time gave Whitley a hard earned victory over local rivals Ashington on Saturday.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 11:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 12:27 pm
Callum Anderson, who played his 350th game for the club last week.

In difficult conditions, Whitley managed to achieve their first home success over the Colliers in six years, also giving them their first league double of the season.

There were chances at both ends in the opening half hour, but neither side could find a way through.

The deadlock was finally broken after 35 minutes when Connor Smith finished from a Colquhoun cross and at half-time it was the only goal separating the sides.

Whitley almostv added a second within a minute of the resumption, James Martin’s acrobatic overhead kick only being kept out by a fine save from the alert McHugh.

But it was Ashington next to show and they equalised through Marcus Giles with a low drive. And three mintutes later the visitors went in front, Ben Sampson curling in a corner directly into the net.

Whitley’s youngsters reacted positively to the turn of events and they quite literally weathered the storm, fighting back to draw level just five minutes later. The dangerous Smith burst down the right and crossed into the box where Colquhoun got in ahead of McHugh to rifle the ball into the net from six yards.

Both sides went in search of a winner, but it was Whitley who secured the points when Orrell shot from the edge of the box and the ball was deflected off Colliers' skipper Coppen into the net.

On Saturday (December 21) Whitley are at home to Seaham Red Star.