ASHINGTON showed no after-effects following their defeat in the FA Carlsberg Vase and a 10-hour return journey from Bodmin Town, when they added to the woes of relegation-threatened Billingham Town last night.
The Colliers dominated from the start and two early goals set them on their way to a 4-2 victory.
After just seven minutes Mark O’Dea threaded the ball through to Andrew Johnson, who burst into the penalty area and drove past goalkeeper Dan Molyneux.
Worse was to follow for the Teessiders, who are third from bottom in the Ebac Northern League.
This time, Johnson was the provider, linking up with Darren Lough for Phill Bell to stab the ball home from close range.
Nicky Martin gave Billingham a glimmer of hope on 29 minutes, finishing a good pass from Harrison Davies, but Ashington re-established a two-goal cushion three minutes later.
A corner from the right taken by Johnson was powerfully headed into the net by Glen Taylor, who made it four after 48th minutes.
Andrew Dugdale’s through-ball again had the home defence struggling, and Taylor cut inside before rifling the ball past Molyneux from 18 yards.
In stoppage time, Davis claimed what was no more than a second consolation goal for Billingham.
West Auckland Town paid the penalty for having two players sent off and crashed out of the Durham Challenge Cup to Spennymoor Town.
After conceding the lead to Stephen Richardson, West went ahead courtesy of John Campbell with a brace, but then had Mattie Coad red-carded on 54 minutes.
Richardson completed his hat-trick, with Chris Mason and Michael Rae also on target for Moors. With 10 minutes remaining, West’s Mark Stephenson also received his marching orders.