Neil Hixon is delighted after Spennymoor crash at Ashington

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SUNDERLAND RCA manager Neil Hixon was among the spectators at Woodhorn Lane last night and he was delighted that Ashington hammered Spennymoor Town 4-1 in the crucial STL Northern League First Division game, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

He said: “Ashington are going well, but the best result for us was for Spennymoor to lose. Had they won, they would have overtaken us into second position so the result keeps them at bay.”

After reaching the last 16 of the FA Carlsberg Vase at the weekend, Ashington produced another superb performance despite conceding an early lead to Steven Richardson, who headed in a Keith Graydon corner.

The Colliers quickly retaliated. They levelled on 35 minutes when a corner from Tommy English – a former Moors player, was played across goal by James Taylor and Mark O’Dea beat goalkeeper Craig Turns from just inside the penalty area.

On the stroke of half time, James Taylor and Marc Walton combined for Dan Taylor to apply a superb finish which again gave Turns no chance.

Rampant Ashington then went two goals up 30 seconds into the second period. English slotted the ball through to Dan Taylor and he coolly side-footed into the net.

Midway through the second period, Phillip Bell was brought down and he converted the penalty to complete a comprehensive victory for Ashington, who are now up to seventh.

In Division Two, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion continued their climb away from the bottom with a 2-1 win at Alnwick Town.

Dan Streibelt and Luke Sullivan had them two goals up by the interval and although John Colley reduced the deficit on 48 minutes, the West Tyne side held on for three important points.

Easington Colliery, who prop up the Second Division, face a difficult task at Morpeth tonight.

Following the departure of long-serving Alan Purvis for health reasons, chairman Stephen Saiger is combining both roles.

He said: “We are seven points behind Seaham Red Star, so it’s important we start winning since it’s likely one team will be relegated.”

Michael Watson completes a two-match suspension, while Robert Huntley (hamstring) is also suspended. Chris Hall made a long-awaited return to the bench at the weekend and he could again be involved.

Esh Winning could go fourth if they beat Thornaby at Waterhouses.

H Tonight’s Wearside League game between Ryhope CW and Sunderland West End has been postponed because the Recreation Ground is waterlogged.