8 mins Offiong header 1-0
Half time: Newcastle 1 Colliers 0
89 mins LuaLua shot 2-0
Full time: Newcastle
2 Colliers 0
Tommy Craig said:
"I had a chat with
the players this week and told them that they haven't won anything yet. So far
this season we've got them to repeat some very good performances but I don't
want any complacency.
"We've won five in a row in the Premier (reserve) League but you can easily
lose three in a row if you're not careful.
"The Colliers were always in the game until the last few minutes when we
got the second goal. We missed a few chances but to be fair Ashington have given
us a good test on the night.
"They were a well organised side and a tough nut to crack."
Newcastle Reserves began their defence of the
Northumberland Senior Cup at Whitley Park on Tuesday with a victory against
Northern League Division Two Side Ashington, who had recently lost to Grantham
in the FA Cup.
However, the 2-0 final score failed to do justice to the part the non-league
side played in this tie, with the win only secured in the final seconds of the
Things looked to be going smoothly enough for the Magpies when Richard Offiong
nodded a Ferrell centre over stranded Colliers 'keeper Paul Simpson after just
eight minutes for the opening goal of the game.
And when Simpson was penalised for colliding with Martin Brittain on 17 minutes,
the tie looked to be heading out of reach of the visitors.
However, after escaping with a yellow card, Simpson blocked Lewis Guy's penalty
to keep his side in the contest.
Newcastle continued to create and miss chances, with most penetration coming
from Martin Brittain down the right flank. On numerous occasions his crosses
into the box caused problems, but neither Offiong nor Guy could capitalise.
And when Offiong turned provider in the 25th minute, Brittain went it alone but
dragged his shot just past the post. It wasn't all one way traffic though, with
Caldow sending a glancing header just past the post five minutes before the
A quiet opening to the second period saw Timmons booked for impeding Guy, but
again United failed to test Simpson in the Colliers goal.
United did think that they'd got the crucial second on 66 minutes, but Guy was
flagged offside as he turned a rebound from a fierce Orr shot into the net.
Three minutes later Offiong made way for on-song academy striker Guy Bates, but
still that second goal wasn't forthcoming.
And when the Colliers brought on the prolific Alan Hogg for the final quarter of
an hour, the mood of the Ashington contingent brightened considerably, their
striking idol having been sidelined through injury so far this season.
With 11 minutes remaining, Ashington survived another penalty scare, when Kris
Gate looked have been illegally felled in the box. Play went on though and when
Bates was allowed to turn in the area and tee up Andy Ferrell, the midfielder
should have done better than blast wide.
Play was held up with 6 minutes to go after an accidental clash of heads that
saw both Douglas and Orr leave the field, the latter bleeding from a head wound.
Then in the 88th minute the visitors made and missed their golden chance when
Drysdale's perfect cross was met by Hogg, who sent his 15 header agonisingly
wide of the Newcastle goal.
That miss was made all the more costly when within a minute, United had claimed
the tie after Guy Bates netted with a curling effort from the right hand corner
of the area.